Franz Jensen Andra, in collaboration with artist Mary Anne Espina, will perform for the Manila Pianos Artist Series On Stage on October 2 at the Manila Pianos Showroom, 4th floor, Ronac Lifestyle Center, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City.

The clarinetist will perform at the Manila
Pianos Artist Series On Stage on October 2.
The clarinetist will perform at the Manila Pianos Artist Series On Stage on October 2.
Franz comes from a musical family in General Trias Cavite City. He is currently a scholar at the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), under the tutelage of professor Ariel Sta. Ana.

In his first year he was the first recipient of the Highest Honors Award in Academic Excellence and the Outstanding Student Award for Music at the P.H.S.A.

Franz has won numerous awards and citations both from local competitions and abroad.

He was one of the featured soloists in the 4th Concert Season of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) in 2019, entitled " Gold: Classical Music Treasures" playing Concertino By Carl Maria Von Weber.

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At present Franz, is a member of the Sta. Cecilia Band, The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band, and concert master of the Community Band General Trias Youth Symphonic Band.

We had a short online chat with Franz and here it is.

Coming from a musically gifted family, how do you manage to create your own image and be recognized for yourself in the music community?

Coming from a family that lives on music no doubt helps my confidence towards pursuing my field. Although I wouldn't say that coming from this line of good musician entitles me to a status of being "good."

It is a long term goal of mine to make a name for myself out of the time and effort I put in practice, research and in the application and innovation of the constant new ideas I learn everywhere. I believe that everything I experience can shape, in one way or another, my art. That is why I try surround myself with good friends, learn from my mistakes, and make the most out of every moment.

What is the October 2 concert all about? What type of music will be performed and who are the other artists performing?

The Manila Pianos Artist Series, lead by Richard Sy-Facunda, is a venue dedicated to presenting our homegrown Filipino Artists. It had a really important role in keeping classical music alive throughout the pandemic. I admire Mr. Richard's commitment to his work and I am grateful for the opportunity he presented. The concert in October 2 will be my solo debut recital featuring various French works for Clarinet, with collaborating artist Mary Anne Espina on piano.

French music, known for its rich colors and elegant flow, is a very significant part of clarinet repertoire as a whole. These pieces are fun to play and listen to. I would recommend watching out for Pierne's Canzonetta as its playful dance-like theme is one that I am personally in love with.

Five to ten years from now, what do you hope to accomplish?

I see myself playing the clarinet with a much higher level of understanding and deeper consciousness. I want to give back to the Philippines, which could be through performing, teaching, and contributing to workshops or summer camps. Lastly, I hope that I am still able to express myself like I am right now, and that my passion burns just as bright as today-if not brighter.

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