Antonio Molina was proclaimed National Artist in Music in 1973.
Molina started playing the violoncello at an early age which led him to perform for
the Manila Grand Opera House as an orchestra soloist.
Molina also created his own compositions and innovations. His first composition was
in 1912 and has been credited with over 500 compositions. Molina was the first Filipino
composer who was invited to perform his works to Malacanang.
He was one of the first composers to incorporate pentatonic scales and ethnic instruments
such as the kulintangan, and gabbang in his symphonies.