A Big Band Christmas Jam
12/11/21 at 08:00pm
Anthony Ribaya is thrilled to be making his orchestral debut with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. The eighteen year-old pianist, a newcomer from Yucaipa, California, is this year’s Grand Prize Winner of the University of Redlands Annual Concerto Competition. He holds the distinction of being the first freshman music major ever to win in the 36-year history of the Competition.
Mr. Ribaya has been performing publicly since the age of nine. Though born in San Diego, he spent the first eleven years of his life living with his family in Japan while his father served as an officer in the United States Navy. It was in Japan that Anthony received his early musical training in piano, violin, and trumpet.
Returning to the States at the age of 12, his passion for music continued to manifest itself both in piano and trumpet. He was invited to perform with the San Bernardino County Music Educators’ Association (SBCMEA) middle school and high school honor bands as trumpet player; for three years he performed with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Honor Band; at Yucaipa High School, he was a member of the Symphonic Band, the Wind Ensemble, and served as Drum Major for the Thunderbird Marching Regiment of the Yucaipa High School Marching Band. At the same time, Mr. Ribaya was garnering prizes and merit awards as a pianist through programs sponsored by the Music Teachers’ Association (MTA), the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), Rotary Club, and the Inland Empire Piano Competition.
Mr. Ribaya is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Redlands with a major in piano performance. He is a student of Professor Louanne Long and a former student of James Ramos.
A scholarship student, Mr. Ribaya is an avid reader who enjoys hiking and fishing in his spare time. He is particularly grateful to his parents for their continual support and inspiration. His ultimate goal in performance is “to give honor to God through the joy of music.”
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