The Philippine Madrigal Singers was organized in 1963 by National Artist Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The choir is one of the world’s most awarded, having consistently won all the top prizes in most of the world’s prestigious choral competitions.
Recognized by the UNESCO as Artists for Peace “putting their fame and influence to promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace,” the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers is one of the most awarded choral groups in the world, having consistently won all top prizes in major choral competitions. They hold the distinction of being the first choir in the world to win the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (1997 and 2007).
The group’s virtuosity across a vast repertoire range, its continuing promotion of Filipino choral works and the rousing and deeply emotional impact that each performance has on all audiences the world over as they sing in the distinctive set-up of sitting in a semi-circle without a conductor have established their reputation as a pioneering force in choral music and an inspirational role model for other choirs.
Today, Professor Andrea Veneracion’s designated successor Mark Anthony Carpio continues with the mission not just of leading the country’s premier choir, but also to carry on the ongoing mission of developing choirs, conductors and singers all over the world.
Mark Antony A. Carpio, Choirmaster
Mark Anthony Carpio is recognized as one of the foremost choral experts of his day. He is presently a faculty member of the Choral Conducting Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music.
As choirmaster of the UP Madirgal Singers, he has led the group in its most recent successes: first prizes in the Habanera and Polyphony categories in the Certámen International de Habaneras y Polifonia (Torrevieja, Spain, 2004), the Grand Prix in the 35th Florilege Vocal de Tours, France (2006), and the Grand Prize in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Arrezo, Italy, 2007).
Mark, a countertenor, is also a much sought-after choral clinician and conductor to the Consortium of Voices, a choral society consisting of the Kilyawan Boys Choir, Kilyawan Male Choir and the Voces Auroræ Girls Choir.