Lex Von Sumayo, 2016
LEX VON L. SUMAYO (born 1977) is a Filipino musician known for his solo guitar renditions of original Filipino music (OPM) on Youtube. His solo guitar arrangements became instant hit to Filipino guitarists and music enthusiasts because of the simple, catchy and warm sound in each arrangement. His website features mainly his OPM for Solo Guitar Projects, thus promoting Filipino music to young generations and encouraging everyone to support it.
Lex was born in Valenzuela City to a Visayan father (Celedonio Sumayo, Bachelor of Arts graduate) and Marinduqueñan mother (Ida Labrador, BSED graduate).
His first musical instrument was a small electronic piano keyboard that only plays single melody lines.
Basically self-taught on the guitar, Lex learned the techniques by simply listening to Beatle records with the aid only of Jingle songbooks.
After finishing an Associate Diploma in Nautical Engineering, he shifted his path to his passion – MUSIC. He enrolled at PWU College of Music (Taft) in 1998 and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education degree and a Music Teacher’s Diploma in Classical Guitar Performance (level 7B) in 2004.
His only classical guitar teacher was Edgardo de Dios whom he considered as the “spark” on his classical guitar playing. Two semesters of Fretboard Harmony with Maestro Jose Valdez on the other hand prepared him for solo guitar arranging.
Career in Music
Before moving to Dubai, he was an occasional session player. He performed background guitar music for ABS-CBN’s Recuerdo de Amor for a few episodes. His exposure at ABS-CBN studio led him to play guitar alongside Diether Ocampo, who was a mainstay at the studio, for his band “Blow”.
He eventually quit the group to focus more on his regular music teaching job at San Jose Academy in Navotas City.
Aside from performing and arranging guitar music, Lex is also a music copyist. He provided the score for the Doy Laurel’s Documentary Film (music by Sabrina Villaflor).
He also worked at Faithful Servant Marketing and encoded Maestro Jose Valdez’s guitar arrangements (Piano Masterpieces for the Guitar Volumes 1, 2 & 3, Religious and Inspirational Books, etc)
Lex currently resides in Dubai with his wife Juvy and works as a classical/acoustic guitar teacher at Jumeirah Music Centre.
© 2011 Lex Von Sumayo