| Carlos Alberto Ibay
We have among us an extraordinarily talented and versatile young pianist and singer, Carlos Alberto Ibay. Carlos blind since
birth, is equally at ease performing the Tchaikovsky B-flat Piano Concerto, improvising on Tatum’ Humoresque, singing a
Caruso aria or a Latin love song. After his memorable performance at Liz Smith’s 80th birthday party, she wrote in her
column “Carlos Ibay … blew us away!” With his unique talent to perform many genres of music exceedingly well, he moves
naturally between popular and classical repertoire. Throughout the world, he has been enthusiastically received by all who
have heard him.
At age 25, gifted with a rich tenor voice and fluent in seven languages, Carlos vocal repertoire ranges from the great American
standards to international art songs including Spanish, French, Italian and his native Philippines. While he has a particular
fondness for including selections from Carusos repertoire in his concerts, he also enjoys performing the music of the
Carlos began playing the piano at age two. His unusual natural talent, absolute pitch and love for sharing his gift with others
brought him to the performance stage at age nine. During these past fifteen years he has continued to build his repertoire
which now includes many of the large scale piano works which he learns by listening repeatedly to the piece rather than
learning it by Braille. Once he has comprehended the composition, he is able to perform it with amazing virtuosity despite not
being able to see the keyboard or the notation.
The year 2000 marked the beginning of his International career when he was invited to perform at the opening of the
Rachmaninoff Center Hall in Novgorod, Russia, birthplace of the composer. Invited twice to Brazil, he performed a concert
of two piano works with noted Brazilian pianist Virginia Hogan and The Bessler Quartet. Carlos was the only American
pianist chosen to compete with nine other pianists in this year’s Joaquin Rodrigo International Piano Competition in Madrid.
The judges presented him with a special award and he was invited to the composers home to perform for the Rodrigo family
members. This was preceded by a very successful concert tour in the Philippines in which included a debut recital solo
concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines' main theatre, performing for an audience of more than a thousand and at the
historic Quirino Grandstand with the Philippine’s President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in attendance. This past May he made
a guest appearance with his local community orchestra outside of Washington D.C., performing the Tchaikovsky Piano
Concerto No. 1 to rave reviews. In August 12, 2004, he appeared as a guest at EWTN's "Life On The Rock." Carlos
recent performance in Phoenix Arizona was a great success. He was asked to come back for another performance in the fall
2005. His three successive concerts in Los Angeles, California performed last November were very well received. Carlos
continues to expand his repertoire and versatility. He will perform January 2005 in three major cities of Australia: Melbourne,
Brisbane and Sydney. A concert date on May 28, 2005 is scheduled in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The demanding challenges of life caused by blindness have hardly discouraged this vivacious young performer. He continues
to build an ever increasing number of devoted followers who recognize his exceptional talent. Whether the venue be concert
or cabaret or be it popular or improvisatory, Carlos’ charisma, wit and the infectious joy imparted through his music make
him one of the most unusual and sought after young performers today.
Carlos Alberto Ibay
5504 Tramore Court, Fairfax VA 22032
(703) 250-3739 E-mail: email@example.com
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