Velvet chanteuse. Princess of the piano. Philippine singer-songwriter Rica Arambulo occupies a unique spot among this generation of musical artists. An award-winning pianist, composer, arranger, and singer all rolled into one, Rica continues to blaze trails with her unique musical sensibilities.

Rica realized early on that her true calling lay in music. Descended from generations of music educators, Rica began her musical journey as a classical pianist and multi-instrumentalist, emerging winner in numerous competitions. After completing a bachelor’s degree in music majoring in piano and minor in voice (cum laude) Rica branched out into arranging, songwriting, singing, and evolved into the complete music powerhouse that she is at present.

Versatile, impassioned, with a measure of discipline and sophistication, Rica’s lyricism offers a glimpse into her soul. Her melodies speak directly to the heart; her lyrics effortless, elegant, straightforward, existentialist; thus creating a multi-hued, shimmering, diverse musical landscape. Fluid, mellifluous melodies laced with honey, Rica’s velvet-rich vocals and virtuoso keyboards weave a magical fusion of the classic and contemporary, strength and femininity, tradition and modern edge.

Like a gem cut to perfection, Rica’s music continues to inspire, transform, and transports listeners to that ethereal, faraway land.


Bachelor of Music, Major in Piano (cum laude)
University of the Philippines College of Music

University Scholar

Maria Mota piano Scholar

Prize winner, National Music Competitions for Young Artists
(Categories A and C)

Prize winner, Mozart Concerto Competition

Prize winner, 1998 Metropop Music Festival for “You Make Me Smile)
(National songwriting competition)

Awit awardee – Best Dance Recording

Awit award nominations- Rica Arambulo cd (2 categories)
Best movie theme
Best arranger for duets


First Filipino artist-producer to grace the 2003 MIDEM International Music Market in Cannes

Guest artist, Philippine International Jazz Festivals

First Filipino-produced album to be sold on cdbaby.com, largest US independent music website

Que Rica! A Toast to the Music of Rica Arambulo concert, 2008


Rica Arambulo
Am I?  (scheduled for release in 2009)