Aima Maria Labra-Makk: A Homecoming Piano Concert For the benefit of the STC Cebu Foundation Inc. Scholarship Program July 22, 2016

Aima Maria Labra-Makk was born in Cebu City and was a student at St. Theresa’s College until high school. She studied piano under her mother, Aida Briones Labra. She continued her studies at the University of the Philippines College of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree under Perla Suaco. In 1985, she won 1st prize during the National Music Competition for Young Artists’ (NAMCYA) Piano Category C. The judges were highly impressed with her playing that they even decided not to award a second prize.

She proceeded to Austria in 1986 to study under Professor Eugen Jakab at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz. She was the recipient of numerous awards – the Bosendorfer Scholarship, Martha Develli Stipend and the Alban Berg Foundation scholarship to name a few. In 1990 she earned her “Concert Diplomate” with highest honors (unanimous Board decision) from the University of Music in Graz. She later received a recognition award from the Ministry of Education of the Austrian Government.

Aima Maria Labra-Makk was a prize winner at numerous prestigious international piano competitions. 1989 saw a major step forward in her career when she won 3rd prize at the “First International Competition Franz Schubert” in Graz, Austria. She was then invited to perform recitals and radio and television recordings. She is the first pianist ever to record the complete piano works of the Austrian composer, Jeno Takacs, on four CDs.

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