Music has the ability to touch all of us very deeply. It is no surprise that Jonathan Livioco’s musical journey began with an aspect of his life that is so close to his heart: his faith.
“My earliest music memory would have to be in the church setting. Being the son of a pastor, music has always been an integral part in the worship services.” Jonathan (or “Jondee,” as the other musicians call him) said that he began to play the piano at 5 years old and then pursued the violin and viola at 8 years old “just to be different from [his] sisters,” who were quite apt at playing the piano. Such a reply is understandable from a humble musician such as Jonathan, but upon further inquiry, Jonathan revealed that it was when he watched an evangelist, visiting from America, perform on the violin that he was moved to take on the task of learning the instrument himself. The performance was so beautiful that the instrument caught Jonathan’s attention and took captive of his passion for years to come - 17 years, to be exact, which explains his excellent grasp of technique and expression. These abilities are part of what make him the Concertmaster for the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Aside from being in the First Violin Section of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic, Jonathan is an active member of the music ministry of his church. He’s also a private music teacher and plays some solo and chamber music gigs once in a while.
Jonathan believes that if performed beautifully, all music, including classical music, can be appreciated by anyone. It is with this principle that he pushes himself to excel in his craft so that orchestral music, which is an art that is appreciated less and less these days, can be recognized for its value.
Jondee got to where he is as a musician with his humility and steadfast work ethic. When asked what advice he could give aspiring musicians, he answered, “I would say always listen, sing, and have a mindset that there is no end to learning.”