About the Composer

Lucio Diestro San Pedro (View Compositions)

February 11, 1913 - March 31, 2002

Birth Place: Angono, Rizal
Father: Elpidio San Pedro
Mother: Soledad Diestro

National Artist for Music, 1991

Lucio D. San Pedro, composer of the first Filipino violin concerto (D Minor Concerto) and sole Filipino jurist at the Sixth Van Cliburn International Symphony in Forth Worth, Texas, earned his teacher’s diploma in Composition and Conducting at the UP Conservatory of Music. He proceeded to the Juilliard School of Music in New York for his post-graduate studies in composition. He won the first prize in the following competitions: 1936 UP National Heroes Day Writing Contest; 1956 President Laurel March; 1943-44 Labor Day March Contest; 1956 National Eucharistic Congress of the Philippines Hymn Contest; and 1956 National Band Competition. He was also the best band conductor for 1962 and 1963. He received a special prize in the 1946 National Composition Contest and the 1962 Republic Cultural Heritage Award.