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Socorro de Castro: Bio

A graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, major in Jazz Composition/Arranging with piano as principal instrument, Socorro de Castro studied with jazz greats such as Dean Earl, Bob Winter, Ray Santisi, Gary Burton, and Herb Pomeroy. 

Multi-keyboard awardee, Socorro won First Prize in the NATIONAL YAMAHA ELECTONE ORGAN FESTIVAL in Houston, Texas in the 70's, then captured the Grand Prize in the INTERNATIONAL YAMAHA ELECTONE GRAND PRIX CONCOURSE in Japan representing the U.S.A. She went on to do concert tours in her home country, the Philippines, in association with the country's Department of Tourism. She went back to the US as a Yamaha artist. Upon returning to Manila in the 80's, she subsequently gained recognition as composer/arranger/producer/musical director/accompanist for such top artists of the country as Fourplay, Apo Hiking Society, Gary Valenciano, Kuh Ledesma, Joey Albert, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sharon Cuneta, Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez and more.

Now a California resident since the 90's, Socorro, along with her husband, producer/keyboardist Norman Landsberg, run Landsberg Music Productions which provide composition, songwriting, arranging, album productions, musical direction, live performances, as well as scoring for commercials and films such as Ramona S. Diaz’ award-winning documentary, Spirits Rising, applying her skills in Film Scoring she took at UCLA. Her husband is also part of America's top piano duo, Landsberg & Yount and Manny Moka, a latin funk jazz band featuring some of bay area's top musicians including some members from the band, SANTANA. Socorro and Norman are often called upon to provide bands for visiting top Filipino artists like Regine Velasquez, Ariel Rivera, Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, Jose Mari Chan, Ai Ai de las Alas, Aiza Sequera, Bubble Gang, the Hunks, and more. They also had the distinction of producing one of the country's sought-after songwriters, Pinky Valdez' gospel/Christian album, SANDALWOOD. Socorro also wrote singer/songwriter Ogie Alcasid's first English hit song, "HELLO" and the Centennial Song, "HERE WE ARE" for her alma mater, College of the Holy Spirit Manila in 2013. Her musical styles draw from a wide range of influences like classical, jazz, latin/Brazilian, pop, folk, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Original Pop Music (OPM) and others. 

A SF Bay Area jazz musician, Socorro performs locally and abroad including various International jazz festivals, like the 2008 3rd Philippine International Jazz Festival in Manila with an array of international jazz artists including Lee Ritenour and Omar Sosa, and the 2013 8th Philippine International Festival Solo Piano Night with Tom Lyddon and GRAMMY- nominated Eldar Djangirov, and with her jazz trio performed at the  2009 2nd Annual SF Philippine-American Jazz Festival.  She was musical director of the Filipino Women's Network (FWN) production of award-winning playwright Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues from 2004-2007 in San Francisco and in NY in 2006 for the 10th anniversary of the show.  She and husband, Norman, have performed constantly as guest artists with the world-famous Kruger Brothers at the Bluegrass Festival, "Carolina in the Fall" along with country, bluegrass, folk music legends of the country. In 2013, she was one of the TOP 100 AWARDEES of her alma mater, College of the Holy Spirit, Manila, on the occasion of the school's centenial celebration. She, along with her husband, also joined a roster of top jazz artists in Manila at the JAM FOR JAPAN Fundraising Concert for the earthquake relief in Japan. She is currently working on a new cd of original music and other projects. Her new instrumental single entitled "The Audacity of Hope", a tribute to President Barack Obama, is available now on cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and iTunes joining her original album, "SOCORRO" on lamp88 records.