Ria Villena - Osorio
Maria Rosalina “Ria” Villena-Osorio is a much sought-after composer, arranger, musical director, and keyboardist in the Philippine music scene.
A product of the UP College of Music, she has composed, arranged, and played for some of the most prominent names in Philippine entertainment — Lea Salonga, Bamboo, Yeng Constantino, and Aiza Seguerra, among others. Ria has also arranged and performed for a variety of respected orchestras and ensembles, including The ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band, The Metro Manila Community Orchestra, The Manila Symphony Orchestra, The Bob Aves World Jazz Group, Jeremy Monteiro’s All Star Jazz Band, and Mel Villena’s AMP Big Band.
The wide scope of her work displays an encompassing understanding of the different musical idioms, one that melds together influences from jazz, classical, theater, film, rock, and pop music. Solid training in the traditional art of orchestration meets an innovative spirit in a multi-genre approach that makes her the go-to collaborator of today’s top artists.
Ria has also arranged and composed for numerous TV productions, including the opening theme song of the “Be Careful With My Heart” TV series and music for The Amazing Race Philippines. She is also a resident arranger for The Voice of the Philippines, The Voice Kids, and We Love OPM. She was one of the resident arrangers for The Singing Bee and Philippine Idol.
Ria won the best musical score for RPG Metanoia, the country’s first 3D animated full-length movie, in the 2011 PASADO Awards (Pampelikulang Samahan ng Mga Dalubguro/Film Educators/ Society) alongside Gerard Salonga. In 2015, she produced “All About Love”, Yeng Constantino’s album, alongside Jonathan Manalo and Yeng Constantino. The album went platinum the same year.