The Cebuana, Aima Labra-Makk, is an internationally acclaimed pianist.
Labra-Makk has established herself as a solo concert pianist extraordinaire. She has earned applause from European critics, who described her skills on the piano as unrivaled. They used the adjectives “high musical intelligence” and “elegant” to depict her performances. Tatjana Nikolaeva, celebrated pianist and pedagogue, has also spoken admiration for the depth and expressiveness of her performance.
Accordingly, she is the only pianist to have a record of the complete works of Jeno Takac, a renowned Austrian composer.
Labra-Makk is also an educator at the University of Music in Graz, Austria. She teaches children who are musically gifted. Her students come from different parts of the world and are enrolled in the University after passing strict auditions.
In 1985, Labra-Makk won the National Music Competition for Young Artists. In 1986, she was accepted into the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Austria. She was also a recipient of a number of scholarships during her stay at the University, including the Alban Berg Foundation Scholarship, the Bosendorf Scholarship, and the Martha Debelli Stipend.
In 1989, she received numerous invitations for recitals, concert tours and recordings after winning the Franz Schubert and 20th Century Music First International Competition in Graz. She has won more distinctions since then.
Her U.S. debut was in November 2001, in Washington, D.C.
In 2005, the Esterhazy trio was formed. The group is composed of two Hungarians, Erno Sebestyen, who is a violinist, and Tamas Merei, who is a multi-awarded cellist. Labra-Makk, who was born in Cebu City, forms the third member of the trio.
Labra-Makk is also the pianist for Trio Douze and Tonstrom. She joins Gottfried Boisits on oboe and Kurt Pfleger on bassoon in Trio Douze, and Peter Forcher on clarinet and Nikolaus Makk on cello in Tonstrom. Tonstrom’s cellist is her husband.
In 2006, Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia awarded Labra-Makk the recognition as “Garbo sa Sugbu,” for her dedication to the advancement of music in the Philippines.
For more information regarding this Pride of Cebu, visit her Web site at www.aimalabramakk.com