Augustine Mayuga Gonzales was born in Saskatoon, Canada, and is of Filipino descent. He began his musical studies in Jazz and Popular music at the age of 6. At 15, Augustine represented Canada at the Technics World Music Festival, winning the Gold Medal and performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Shortly after that experience, his interest in Classical music started to grow and he began to devote all his concentration to it. He has subsequently won the grand prize in both provincial and national piano competitions within Canada including the Kinsmen, Lyell Gustin and Florence Bowes Piano Competitions.
Augustine recorded for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) after having been selected through competitive auditions during the 2006 “auditions jeunes artistes d’Espace musique de Radio-Canada”. In January 2007, Augustine was the winner of The Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition and performed the Gershwin Concerto in F with the Conservatory Orchestra under Bruce Hangen in Sanders Theater. In August 2007, he was invited to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.467 with The Sinfonia Perusina in Assisi, Italy with conductor Enrico Marconi. He is an avid chamber musician and while at The Boston Conservatory has performed in many Piano and Chamber Music Honors Concerts. Most recently, he has recorded for the independent film “Sketch”, directed by Stephen T. Barton.
A sought-after vocal and instrumental collaborator, he has joined the Videri String Quartet as a guest artist on their first album release Portals of video game music arranged for string quartet. Current projects include an album release of video game music arranged for solo piano by David Peacock.
Augustine currently serves as The Boston Conservatory‘s Opera Department Répétiteur as well as Musical Director of its vocal outreach program, the Troubadours. Augustine is also on faculty at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute as vocal coach for its Young Artist Vocal Program.
Augustine studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, completing his FinIII [Bachelors] and Concours [Masters] exams. He graduated in spring 2007 as a full scholarship student in the Graduate Performance Diploma program at The Boston Conservatory. He was a student of Michael Lewin.
Augustine’s past teachers have included, Henri Brassard, Kathleen Solose, Raoul Sosa and Suzanne Goyette. He has also performed in master classes given by Kum-Sing Lee, Menahem Pressler, André Laplante, Jon Kimura Parker, Vladamir Viardo, Luiz de Moura Castro, Janina Fialkowska, Angela Cheng, Marietta Orlov, Kirill Gerstein, Idil Biret, Enrique Graf, Ivo Kaltchev and Asaf Zohar.