About the Composer

Ramon Pagayon Santos (View Compositions)

n/a 25, 1941 -

Father: Jose Santos
Mother: Amada Pagayon

Ramon Santos earned his teacher’s diploma (Composition and Conducting) in 1964 and his bachelor’s degree (Composition and Conducting) in 1965 from the UP Conservatory (now College) of Music. He finished his graduate studies (Master of Music in Composition, 1969) at Indiana University, and his post-graduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy in Composition, minor in Musicology, 1972) at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

He studied composition under Hilarion Rubio, Lucio San Pedro, Thomas Beversdorf,
Roque Cordero, Ramon Fuller, and William Kothe; Contemporary Music with Istvan Anhalt,
George Perle, Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christian Wolff, Rolf Gelhaar; Kalinga Music under Benjamin Pangosban, Nan Kuan (p’ipa) under Lao Hong Kio; Javanese Music and Dance under Pak Sunardi Wisnusubroto.

Ramon Santos was a former dean of the College of Music in UP Diliman, secretary general of the NAMCYA, commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and vice president of the International Music (IMC) of UNESCO. Presently, he is the executive director of the UP Center for Ethnomusicology, president of the Musicological Society of the Philippines, and professor emeritus at the UP College of Music.