Olivia Villa-Real, an author, composer, singer and pianist, combines her passion for writing with her artistry in music. She infuses both genres with the sensitivity and sentimentality that permeate the Asian culture, owing from her birth, childhood, and early adult experiences in the Philippines. However, after immigrating to the United States and settling in Los Angeles, California the melting pot of different cultures, her creative canvas took on a different landscape. Like a sponge, her sensitive nature absorbed the varied prisms of artistic color that each culture had to offer. Hence, her poetry and music became an amalgamation of Asian, European, Latin, and American sentiments and rhythms. Despite all these influences, her firm internal compass remained uncompromising with respect to following the old traditional formats in poetry, which she learned in her studies of Western literature requisite to her completion of a master’s degree in English. Her sensitivity as an artist and as a composer helped her to express poignantly and effectively the very subtle nuances of emotion demanded by such a specialized art form as poetry. Furthermore, it has enabled her to write her novel, The Velvet Thorn, with clarity and precision demanded by a novel of such depth and complexity.
She has performed in concert halls in the United States and abroad, including two solo concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center.
Her repertoire includes operatic arias and other vocal and piano masterpieces by great masters like Puccini, Schubert, Mozart, Bach, and Chopin. Such an immersion became a thoroughfare through which she wrote, allowing her imagination to soar beyond the farthest horizon, finding physicality to words and having the acuteness of perception to describe the subtlest image borne by her senses. And her artistry is still evolving.
She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.