Carlos Ibay, internationally-acclaimed concert pianist from Fairfax, Virginia, is the featured piano soloist for Silver Jewels, the Manassas Symphony's Concert on March 3, 2018. He is playing Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky's grand masterpiece Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23..
Carlos Alberto Ibay is a classically trained Filipino-American concert pianist and heroic tenor from Fairfax, Virginia who has been blind since infancy. He began playing piano when he was two years old and began singing at the age of three. A child prodigy, Ibay made his first public performance at age ten. Fluent in seven languages, he is a versatile performer who has performed in over a dozen countries.
Ibay studied piano under Thomas Schumacher from the Eastman School of Music and studied voice with Harry Dunstan from the American Center for Puccini Studies. He also studied piano at the Mannes College of Music in New York City under Jerry Rose and with the late Thomas Mastroianni, former president of the American Liszt Society. Ibay is inspired by David Jones, the renowned maestro of the Swedish-Italian vocal method.
Ibay made his debut at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2005 and his Kennedy Center debut on November 30, 2006. He has performed for Vice President Al Gore, President George W. Bush, and Pope Francis. Ibay has also performed with the McLean Symphony, the Manila Symphony Orchestra, the Manassas Community Orchestra, and the Reston Community Orchestra. Ibay was the cantor, organist, and chorister at Saint Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale, Virginia for nine years. He also regularly performs at local venues, churches, fundraisers, and private events.