Saturnino Tiamson , Jr
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SATURNINO H. TIAMSON, JR.
Hong Kong Hometown: Angono, Rizal (Art Capital of the Philippines )
When words fail, music speaks, much more when it is shared and moves people. This adage aptly describes the professional work of Saturnino H. Tiamson, Jr., a Hong Kong based musician. His musical ingenuity as a percussionist evokes heroism from his heart. He does not just play music for a living, he has also brought pride and honor to the country with his exemplary achievements and leadership.
At 9 years old, he was already inclined to music when he joined the Angono Elementary School Drum & Lyre. He also eventually became part of the Angono Wind Ensemble, Inc. in 1993. In 1998, he began a Diploma course in percussion at the University of the Philippines College of Music. He also had intensive training in percussion under the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Percussionist, Mr. Elizalde Tolentino.
As a session musician he has played for performing groups and entertainment companies such as ATEG (Atlantis Theatrical Group) for award-winning Musicals in Manila, Hong Kong International Drummer Festival, Hong Kong Metropolitan Pop Orchestra, Island Sun Drum HK, Gip Percussion Ensemble HK, Marsha Yuan (HK Singer/Actress), Syzygy (Jazz band in HK), The William Elvin & The Circus Tour (Filipino Rock band in HK), Philippine Pops Orchestra, Hong Kong 3 Arts Musical Institute’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe (2018), Shakespeare4all’s Macbeth (HK 2017) and recently in Chicago Musical International tour as a deputy drummer and percussionist (China, 2018-2019). He also performed as drummer and band leader in Hong Kong Disneyland Band (2005-2015), Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (2001-05, 2017), Manila Philharmonic Orchestra (2001-04), San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra (2001-04), Metro Manila Community Orchestra (2000-02), Crosswave Symphony Orchestra (2001-03), Tanghalang Pilipino (2001-03), Cebu’s Peace Philharmonic Philippines (2001) and among others
After completing his diploma course, he started performing at Hong Kong Disneyland when they opened in 2005, a feat for a Filipino. From thereon, he made Hong Kong his home while doing his training sessions, conducting shows, and sharing his craft.
His expertise got noticed when he was designated in 2017 as a consultant of the Annual Asia Pacific Drummer Competition, under the auspices of Hong Kong International Drummer Festival. In 2016, he represented Hong Kong in the 20th Annual World Champions of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in the United States. Exceptionally, he won 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the categories of instrument jazz, open, contemporary, original works and classical. He was also awarded the Senior Division Overall Champion in the instrument jazz category. He became the first-ever Filipino drummer who qualified in WCOPA and won several medals.
In September 2016, he bagged the 2nd prize with Diploma of Merit for the Drum Set Category during the 14th edition of Italy Percussion Competition that was held in Pescara, Italy. Again, he was the first and only Filipino in the competition. That same year, he was chosen by JCI Philippines as one of the 2016 (TOYM) The Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for Arts in Music because of his lifelong dedication to his craft and his extraordinary effort to promote music and bring positive impact to many young aspiring musicians. He also received the Disney Legacy Award for Outstanding Employee in 2012. He was awarded for his dedication in community and social services in Hong Kong, extraordinary talent as a musician and trainer, and for his active role in promoting Filipino culture and the arts. To be given this award also means he went the extra mile to create happiness for guests and team members, and found creative ways to deliver the Disney magic.
His continuing quest for excellence also earned him the Specialist Drums Certificate with Berklee Music Online Celebrity Scholarship Award by Cris Williamson from the Berklee College of Music. He was also awarded the Grade Percussion Certificate with Distinction by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He was also chosen as the envoy of the Pambansang Samahan ng mga Banda sa Pilipinas, Inc., a Band organization in that helps musicians in the Philippines.
He was also the recipient of several awards from his hometown of Angono such as the Dangal ng Bayan Award for Music in 2011, Sangguniang Bayan Award for Music in 2013 and the Gawad Sining Award for Most Outstanding Musician from the Gawad Sulo ng Bayan in 2015.
Every year, he returns to the Philippines to conduct free annual drums and percussion workshops in Manila and several provinces. In 2018, Tiamson led the 1st NAMCYA (National Music Competitions for Young Artists) Percussion workshop. It was a two- day, multi-drummer festival which has featured various guests artists both from Hong Kong and Manila. Sharing his time and resources to promote music among the young earned him the Bagong Bayani (modern-day hero) Award for Culture and the Arts in 2014, ABS-CBN Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino (Filipino hero) Award for Asia Pacific in 2015, UPAA Distinguished Alumnus Award for Culture and the Arts in 2018 and Presidential Award for Filipino Overseas in 2018 commended by President Rodrigo Duterte.
When not working, he gives free online music tutorial to students from around the world using technology and social media platform such as Facebook, Skype, and Facetime. He also holds free musical and percussion workshops and free consultancy to the Mindanao Hong Kong Workers Federation drum and Lyre (MINFED band). This year, he will facilitate the first Community Drum Circle for Overseas Filipino Workers and ethnic minorities.
Tiamson is a drum teacher at Harrow International School, The ISF Academy and Hong Kong International Drummer Festival’s Drum in Move Project under Leisure Cultural Seevices Department in Hong Kong. He is one of the Advisors of Drum Corp Asia and Consultant of pHong Kong International Drummer Festival. He is also consistently invited as an inspiration resource speaker during special occasions and events. In 2016 he was invited to speak at TEDx Hong Kong. And in 2018, Saturnino became the new endorser of Zildjian under JB Music Philippines.
Experience & Education
Facilitator for NAMCYA ( National Music Competitions for Young Artsists)July 2018 to Present (about a year)
Leading a series of Band and Percussion Workshops in the Philippines.
Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts in Major in Percussion at University of the Philippines College of Music1998 to 2005 (7 years)