Nové Deypalan, Two-time Fil-Am Conductor at Carnegie Hall

FOR musicians across the globe, performing in New York City’s Carnegie Hall is the ultimate dream.

It is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music. Only a very select number of choirs, bands, and orchestras have the opportunity to perform in this world-renowned hall. Thus, it speaks volumes of the genius of young Filipino musician Nové Deypalan, who has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, not once, but twice, first in 2005, then in Feb 3, 2012! He also performed at the Vatican in 2007 for Pope John Paul II.

The Negrense conductor led his ensemble, the South Bay Women’s Chorus from Torrance, California in Carnegie Hall in 2005, and then a few weeks ago, he made his conducting debut at the Hall with the world premiere of Dream of a Hundred Flowers.

The alumnus from the UP College of Music conducted for Saxophone Quartet (PRISM Quartet), percussions and four Chinese instruments by Chinese composer Fang Man.

The PRISM Quartet is one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles, a two-time winner of the Chamber Music America/Ascap (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for Adventurous Programming.

After graduating from Don Bosco in Bacolod City, where he was born and raised, Deypalan got a scholarship in Music at UP.

He also became a scholar of Imelda Marcos and attended the National Arts Center in Mt. Makiling. He was a former resident composer of the Cultural Center of the Philippines before he immigrated to California.

Deypalan completed his Bachelor of Music degree in conducting at the Chapman University, Orange, California and graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California.

He is currently concluding work on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting at the University of South Carolina, where he is also a music teacher.

Deypalan has not only had the prestigious honor of conducting different choirs at Carnegie Hall in New York, he also performed before Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

In June 2008, he conducted a world premiere of his original composition, Libera Me, for solo baritone, chorus and orchestra at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California.

“I’m very grateful to my family and friends for their continued support and I’m indebted to my music and conducting teachers who inspired me to bring my insatiable desire and lifelong commitment of striving to make music at its finest and highest level of creativity,” he said in an story written by LA-based veteran journalist Lydia V. Solis for

Proudly Filipino, Deypalan shared his future plans and love for his homeland in an earlier interview with Asian Journal: “ I love the Philippine culture and I am proud that my heritage is Filipino. I decided to go to the States because my heart is into classical music. I knew America could give me better opportunities in this area. But, my future plans include going back home to our homeland to share my talents to our kababayans after I finish my doctorate here,” he said.


(LA Weekend Feb 18-21, 2012 Sec A pg.10)

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