Antonio Molina (composer)

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Antonio J. Molina
Born Manila
Nationality Filipino
Occupation Composer, conductor and music administrator

Antonio J. Molina (1894-1980) was a Filipino composer, conductor and music administrator who was named a National Artist of the Philippines for his services to music. He was also known as Claude Debussy of the Philippines due to his use of impressionism in music.

Early life[edit]

Molina was born in Manila, the son of a government official. He attended the Escuela Catolica de Nuestra Padre Jesus Nazareno in Quiapo, Manila, and college at San Juan De Letran where he was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in 1909.

Musical career[edit]

His first composition was "Matinal" in 1912. He was appointed to teach harmony, composition, music history, and violincello at the UP Conservatory of Music, pursuing a career in music education until being appointed dean of the Centro Escolar Conservatory of Music. He founded the CEU String Quartet which was professionally organized and financed by its music school.

As a composer Molina is credited with over 500 compositions.