World-renowned pianist Raul Sunico marveled Italian and Filipino audiences last September 24 at the Palazzina Liberty di Milano in Parco Largo Marinai d'Italia in an event produced by Associazione SODALIS in cooperation with the National Commission for Cultures and the Arts and the Philippine Consulate General of Milan.
“I’m always happy to perform for other people. It’s always good to perform for a cause. First and foremost of course is to make sure the music I’m performing is something of the highest standard,” said Sunico.
The event helped raise funds for Bantay Bata 163 of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation.
“Actually the Italians have no idea about Bantay Bata tapos para at least naman matulungan natin ito, in the sense na mabigat kasi yung nangyayari sa mga bata sa atin,” said Sodalis president Evelyn Revilla.
Sunico serenaded guests with his renditions of the works of Ottorino Respighi, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, George Gershwin and Francisco Buencamino.
His concert in Milan is part of a series of events marking 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Italy.
Sunico's talent has already been recognized in Italy. He received a silver medal from the Viotti International Piano Competition in Vercelli, Italy in 1979. He also became a finalist at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano.
Last March, Sunico was honored by the Italian government and embassy by conferring on him the Commendatore (Commander) of the Order of the Star of Italy, an award granted to Italian expats and foreigners who have strengthened ties between Italy and the host country. The commendatore is a couple of ranks above knighthood.