Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff at Mélange Vienna are dedicated to providing an unforgettable artistic and education experience for all participants. As diverse as our backgrounds are, the city of Vienna remains our focal point. Come learn from us and experience the traditions of the music capital of the world!



University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Resident Artist Faculty

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Born in Manila, Philippines, Aries Caces' formative years as a pianist began with his mother, which led him to study early on with eminent Filipino pedagogues Prof. Feliza Custodio, Prof. Ernestina Crisologo and Prof. Bernardino Custodio. It was during these early years that he garnered attention in the Philippines when he won First Prize in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists Piano Category, and Second Prize in the Manila Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto Competition.

He pursued his studies in Vienna, Austria as a student of Prof. Paul Badura-Skoda and Prof. Roland Keller at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, where he obtained his “Erstes Diplom” and Master's Degree (Magister Artium) in Piano Performance. He also studied Piano Chamber Music with Prof. Georg Ebert and Orchestral Conducting with Prof. Uros Lajovic. During these years, he won the concerto auditions of the Hochschule, thus performed Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” with the Hochschulsymphonieorchester under Julius Kalmar in a concert held at the famous Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. He was also awarded the “Prix Decouverte” at the Festival International de Musique in Le Touquet, France.

He was a recipient of several scholarships, e.g. Makiling Academy and Research Institute for the Arts, Music Promotion Foundation of the Philippines, UST Conservatory of Music Alumni Association, Young Artists Foundation of the Philippines, and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research.

Mr. Caces has given numerous concerts in the Philippines, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.S.A.

He has played as soloist of the Hannover Kammersymphonieorchester, Manila Symphony Orchestra, Metro Manila Community Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and UST Symphony Orchestra.

He was also a soloist during the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s European tour in 2001.

A milestone in his long list of accomplishments is his cycle of the Five Piano Concertos of Beethoven, in which he performed both as soloist and conductor of the UST Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

Furthermore, his conducting activities have led him to become Resident Conductor of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (from February until March 2010), and collaborations with the Manila Symphony Orchestra, UST Strings Ensemble and UST Symphony Orchestra. From 2013 - 2014, he held the position of Music Director and Conductor of the critically acclaimed Teatro Barocco Festival held every summer in Altenburg, Austria.

He has held piano master classes at the University of the Philippines College of Music, University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, St. Scholastica's College of Music, Piano Teacher's Guild of the Philippines and Yong Sieh Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.

Mr. Caces is currently a tenured faculty member of the University of Music and Performing Arts (formerly known as the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst) in Vienna, Austria.