Clarion Chamber Ensemble


Founded in 2002 with a mission to propagate the importance of arts and culture in the Philippines, Clarion Chamber Ensemble is a mixed ensemble of strings, winds with piano from trio to nonet. Repertoire covers from Baroque to Contemporary. Clarion Chamber Ensemble has produced over 60 chamber music programs in various settings in the Philippines. Diverse programming and excellent musicianship and artistry is the highlight to Clarion Chamber Ensemble.  


The Clarion Chamber Ensemble was formed in December 2001 by flutist David Jerome Johnson and pianist Hyun Joo Lee. The founders joined by members of The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, formed the core group of 9 ensemble members. The ensemble members pledged to dedicate themselves to the performance of Chamber Music in concert hall and more intimate settings. Clarion’s first series that began in 2002 in homes in Dasmarinas Village, Makati, and Wack Wack Village was entitled Chamber music for Charity  This successful series of five concerts raised PhP 189,000 for five different charities.  Among the beneficiaries was the project for Clean Air of Metro Manila, Classical Radio Station DZFE and Mountain Tribal Ministries. The Macabata Children's Foundation is the current charity of choice of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble. With the help from the MCO Foundation, Clarion gave its first concert in PCI Bank's (now BDO) Francisco Santiago Hall, Makati, in April 2002. This concert launched Clarion's subscription series designed to reach a new audience and to present music seldom heard by Manila audiences. In 2003 Clarion expanded its concerts to Philam Life Theatre UN Avenue, concentrating on larger and more ambitious chamber programs. Clarion maintains active concert series in both halls today. Clarion concerts provide an alternative to standard classical music performances by presenting moderated concerts designed to awaken the musical curiosity of the listener with an ultimate aim to develop a concert savvy concert attendee. Clarion concerts have been hailed and praised by music critics and Internet blog writers. We have been featured in articles in Newsbreak, Lifestyle Asia and Air Philippines Magazines. Philippine media such as Business World, Philippine Star, Inquirer, Manila Bulletin and Manila Times feature frequent Clarion spots. The strength of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble lies in the diversity of its instrumentations, total flexibility of combinations and repertoire that runs the gamut from Baroque and Classical Masters, Romantic to 20th century. Collaborations with Opera Singers, Vocalists, Jazz Dancers and Tango dancers, enliven and enrich our concerts.  Our Primarily Pinoy Series (concentrating on neglected Pinoy chamber music), the If it Ain't Baroque, the  Baroque masters, and our wildly popular "Tango" concerts featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla, are well known on the local Manila scene.   Our audience includes a large and faithful student following. The university outreach concerts designed for students have been presented since 2004.  The list includes the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, Diliman. In Dumagete at Siliman University and the High School for the performing Arts Laguna Los Banos and Far Eastern University Manila. Most recently Clarion was part of the Chamber music program of OPUSFEST 2008. "Clarion and a Carnival" and our "If it Ain't Baroque" program was one of the featured attractions of Filfest,  2008 in Alabang  Clarion Chamber Ensemble is part of the cultural arm of the Sorok Uni-Foundation Philippines, being the recipient of a sustaining grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The Clarion Chamber Ensemble is now housed in the new Clarion School for the performing Arts on Jupiter St., Makati City. The music faculty of the Clarion school is made up of many of the Clarion Artists. 

"The Clarion Chamber Ensemble Carrying the Banner for Chamber Music in the Philippines."


David Jerome Johnson


Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director / Flutist

Hyun Joo Julia Lee


Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director / Pianist


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