Azcona is a recipient of the Santo Domingo scholarship grant of the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music, Philippines and is currently assistant music director of the internationally-acclaimed University of Santo Tomas Singers. Â Noel Azcona proved his credentials as a soloist when he opened the Best of the Philippines National Concert Series which debuted in 2005 with performances of Verdi, Handel, Beethoven, Rossini and Mozart.
Between 2003 and 2010, Azcona was a featured soloist in the 28th, 31st, 33rd and 35th Las Pinas International Bamboo Organ Festival under notable Philippine conductors Eugene Castillo, Chino Toledo, Jonathan Velasco and Eudenice Palaruan, singing works by Mozart, Brahms, Bach, Rossini, Dubois and Haydn. In August 2003, he was invited to perform the Oratorio by Richard Einhorn entitled Voices of Light under Maestro Lim Yau in the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore. As a seasoned featured soloist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra's concert series, he has appeared in Carmina Burana (2003), a Christmas concert of Bach's Magnificat (2004), DvoĹ™Ăˇk's Ten Biblical Songs under Maestro Eugene Castillo (2007), and in the PPOâ€™s 2009 and 2010 concert series with Maestro Jae-Joon Lee. He has performed Beethovenâ€™s 9th Symphony under Robert Ryker (2009) and in Aula Simfonia Jakarta under Dr. Stephen Tong (2011).
Opera credits include the Philippine Opera Company's production of opera excerpts entitled OPERA NOW in 2005 and 2006, as Alcindoro and Marcello in La BohĂ¨me, Ping in Turandot, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and Eugene Onegin. He made his international operatic debut in Japan in a supporting role of Maramba's Lord Takayama Ukon (2003) and subsequently in Manila in the title role. In October 2007, he performed the title role of Tchaikovsky's well-loved opera Eugene Onegin at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines. Most recently he took on the role of Escamillo in Carmen (October 2012).
Azcona has also collaborated with Filipino and international artists and conductors such as Gilopez Kabayao, Corazon Pineda Kabayao, Otoniel Gonzaga, Maestro Oscar Yatco, Julian Quirit, Sir Robert Ryker and Eleanor Calbes and has attended masterclasses by Eddye Pierce-Young and Brady Allred. He has taken part in ten world concert tours as assistant conductor and soloist covering major cities of Europe, USA, Mexico, Canada and Asia.