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Kate Torralba

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Kate Torralba started singing in Cebu at two years old. A music-loving aunt taught her how to sing, and the household help’s devotion to FM radio had her build a repertoire quite early.

Kate’s fascination with the piano was awakened at four years old: several family members took lessons at home, all studying the same piece, ‘Moon River’. One day she supposedly just went up to the keys and played it.

She finally begun classical piano training at 7 under Ms. Lygia Ibanez, directress of the elementary school where she studied (St. Benedict’s Childhood Education Centre). Early on she favored the languid romanticism of Chopin.

By the time she turned 9, Kate was flown to the U.S. to perform at a concert for Filipino child prodigies. An opportunity for a piano scholarship was turned down as her family would not have her live overseas at such a young age.

Disenchanted by missing her lunch hours at school and grueling piano training, Kate turned to her brother’s New Wave music and later on discovered alternative rock. By 13, she gave up on her piano studies.

She picked up the electric guitar and with her close buddies formed a grunge band called X. A local music school formed a high school girl group called The Outskirts where she played the keyboards and sung vocals as well.

Upon high school graduation, Kate fronted a pop-alternative rock act named Hard Candy (which today, coincidentally, is the name of Madonna’s latest album). It would later on gain a solid following in her hometown Cebu as the band raked in 5 victories at the 1st San Miguel Cebu Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Song of the Year (Freefall, which she co-wrote with the band), Female Vocalist of the Year and Listener’s Choice.

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