Gerard Salonga is a multi-awarded musical director, conductor, and arranger. He has worked with some of Asia’s brightest musical artists, including Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Wang Leehom, Hins Cheung, Elisa Chan, Wu Tong, Shenyang, and Cecile Licad. He has won the Aliw Award (the country’s top live performance award) for Best Musical Director in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2008, and was inducted into the Aliw Hall of Fame in 2010.
Currently Gerard is music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, a professional symphony orchestra maintained by Philippine broadcast giant ABS-CBN, and his orchestral arrangements have been performed by the HK Phil, as well as the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, National Symphony (Washington DC), and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.
In November 2013, Gerard made his debut with the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, as the conductor of the Asian Tour of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Do You Hear The People Sing? at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Gerard made his Taipei debut in March 2014, conducting the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and National Taiwan University Chorus, and in April of this year was one of the conductors for a special concert launching Ang Misyon, the Philippines’ version of El Sistema featuring the Orchestra Of The Filipino Youth.
In 2012 Gerard was honored by the President of the Philippines as one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM), the Philippines’ highest civilian award to achievers under the age of 40.