The Philippine Madrigal Singers was organized in 1963 by National Artist Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The choir is one of the world's most awarded, having consistently won all the top prizes in most of the world's prestigious choral competitions.
Now with the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio, the ensemble continues to perform a wide repertoire of various styles and forms: Renaissance music, Classical music, Filipino and International folksongs, contemporary and Avant-garde music, Opera and even popular music. Their specialization and focus on the madrigal idiom has inspired their unique set-up of singing while seated in a semi-circle, without a conductor.
"YOU, the audience, are the other half of our circle."
-Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion
The Madz wins the Grand Prix in the 64th International Choral Competition in Arezzo, Italy.
Ama Niamo (setting of The Lord's Prayer in Bicolano, one of the languages of the Philippines) was one of the songs that the group performed during the competition in Arezzo, Italy. This composition is by Ily Matthew Maniano.