Associate Professor, Piano and Keyboard Department
  College of Music, University of the Philippines, Diliman

  Office Address

  Mailing Address


  • Telephone (632) 921-6059

  • Cellphone: 0916-4727904

  • E-mail:

  • Telefax: (+63-2) 929-6963


  • LUCI ABAKÁN MAGALIT is the Grand Prize Winner of The Ultimate Pianist Competition 2006, where she was also the recipient of the Special Prizes for the Best Performance of a work by Mozart, Best Performance of a Filipino work, and Best Vocal Accompaniment and Chamber Music Performance. She is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award in the Amati Music Festivals in New York and a Prizewinner of the NAMCYA Piano Category C. A featured artist of the Friends of CCP, "Bravo! Filipino" on 98.7 DZFE-FM, Opusfest 2008, as soloist with the FilHarmoniKa orchestra and the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra, Ms. Magalit has also performed solo and chamber works in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and New York.

    She graduated summa cum laude from the UP College of Music under the tutelage of concert pianist Leonor Kilayko, and earned her Master's Degree in Piano Performance as a student of Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz. She is actively involved in the performance of New Music by Filipino composers and is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano, Piano Literature, and Music Theory at the UP College of Music. Ms. Magalit is also the Choir Director at the Diliman Bible Church in Quezon City.

  • Master of Music in Piano Performance April 2003 College of Music, University of the Philippines
  • University of the Philippines Presidential Scholarship June 2000 – Nov 2001 Awardee June 1997 – Oct 1998
  • Dean's Medal Awardee for Highest Scholastic Achievement April 1999 U.P. College of Music
  • Certificate of Recognition, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society March 1999
  • Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Oct 1998
  • Summa cum laude College of Music, University of the Philippines
  • University of the Philippines Oblation Scholarship June 1992 – March 1997 Awardee

  • Piano Studies: under Prof. Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz 1999-2003
  • under Prof. Leonor Kilayko 1996-1998
  • under Prof. Imelda Ongsiako 1993-1996
  • under Prof. Jose R. Balingit 1989-1991
  • under Ms. Agnes Candole-Quimpo 1982-1989
  • lessons with Dr. Jacques Despres, Dr. Roberta Rust, July-Aug 2008
  • Mr. Jeffrey Meyer, Opusfest International Music Festival, Manila
  • lessons with Ms. Gila Goldstein, Mr. Young-ho Kim, Nov-Dec 2006
  • Mr. Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, Mr. Milton Ruben Laufer;
  • Master Classes with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky and Maestro Josef Stompel Opusfest 2006 International Piano Festival Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang
  • lessons with Prof. Yuan Sheng, Mr. Mark Pakman, July-Aug 2003 Mr. Jinsong Xian, and July-Aug 2002 Dr. Solomon Mikowsky, and Masterclass with Yin Cheng-Zong at the Amati Music Festival, Hunter, New York

  • Participant and Chamber Music Pianist, Opusfest International Music July-August 2008 Festival, Manila
  • Participant and Soloist, Opusfest International Piano Festival, Manila Nov-Dec 2006
  • Philippine Representative, 1st ASEAN International Chopin Piano November 2005 Competition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Philippine Representative, 5th Hamamatsu International Piano November 2003 Competition, Japan
  • Participant, Soloist, Chamber Music Pianist, Amati Music Festival, July-August 2003 New York
  • Participant, Soloist, Chamber Music Pianist, Amati Music Festival, July-August 2002 New York
  • Chamber Recitalist, French Spring in Manila, Manila City, Makati City, July 2001 and Cebu City
  • Philippine Representative, 1st Hong Kong Competition for Young December 2000 Asian Musicians

  • Grand Prize November 2006 Best Performance of a Work by W.A. Mozart
  • Best Performance of a Filipino Work Best Performance of a Chamber Work and Vocal Accompaniment The Ultimate Pianist Competition PCI Tower, Makati City/ Crossroad 77 Convenarium, QC/ Phil-Am Auditorium, Manila
  • Outstanding Performance Awardee Aug 2003 Amati Music Festival, Hunter, New York
  • Outstanding Performance Awardee Aug 2002 Amati Music Festival, Hunter, New York
  • 2nd Prize winner, Piano Category C Nov 2001 National Music Competitions for Young Artists Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Recipient of the Jury Special Prize July 2000 U.P. College of Music Millennium Piano Competition
  • 2nd Prize Winner Feb 1996 U.P. College of Music Duo Piano Competition
  • 2nd Prize winner Feb 1995 U.P. College of Music Solo Piano Competition

  • Soloist, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Josefino Toledo July 2009 with the Metro Manila Community Orchestra Cultural Center of the Philppines, Pasay City Soloist, Beethoven Concerto no. 4 August 2008 with the Filhamonika Orchestra Insular Theatre, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang Pianist, Concerto for Five Pianos and Orchestra June and July 2008 UP Centennial Concert, CCP UP Centennial Concert, UP Theatre Chamber Pianist, Opusfest International Music July 2008 Festival, Manila World Premiere Peformance of A Priori for solo piano February 2008 By Jonas Baes Gong-an, Imagining the "Other" Through the Piano Colloquim-Concert, Minihall, UP College of Music Various Solo/Chamber Recitals from 1999 - 2010

  • Asst. Professor, Department of Keyboard Nov 2005- present College of Music, University of the Philippines
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Composition Oct 2005 – present and Theory
  • Asst. Professor, Department of Composition and Theory June 2003- Oct 2005 UP College of Music
  • Spearhead and Coordinator, Piano Performance October 2005 – present Classes, Piano Department UP College of Music
  • Academic Coordinator, Department of Theory November 2004 – October 2005 and Composition UP College of Music
  • Lecturer, Piano Department June 1999 – May 2003 UP College of Music

  • Faculty Member, Extension Program July 2002 - present Piano Department, College of Music Nov 1999 – May 2000 University of the Philippines
  • Faculty Adviser, UP Tiklado (College-based June 2009 - present Student Organization), College of Music
  • Coordinator, Department of Keyboard Students' September 2009 – present
  • Recitals Competition Organizer, Department of Keyboard Feb 2008 UP College of Music
  • Competition Organizer, Piano Extension Program August 2004 – March 2005 College of Music, University of the Philippines
  • Choir Director 2004 – present Diliman Bible Church Diliman, Quezon City
  • English Service Pianist 1989 – present Diliman Bible Church Diliman, Quezon City

  • Member, Auit Vocal Chamber Music Ensemble 2008 – present
  • Pianist/Supporter, Koro Filipino, Philippine Choral Guild 2009 – present
  • Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship Supporter 1999 – present
  • Faculty Adviser, State Varsity Christian Fellowship June 2007 – March 2008 (University-based UP Student Organization)
  • President, State Varsity Christian Fellowship (SVCF) June 1996 – March 1998
  • (2 terms) Vice-President, SVCF June 1995 – March 1996

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