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BYPCC 2018

Bangkok Young Pianists' Concerto Competition 2018

The Bangkok Young Pianists’ Concerto Competition concluded on Sunday, August 5 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, with the performances of four remarkable young pianists from each of the two age categories. This event was part of the Music Learning Fest, a week-long annual festival supported by Trinity College London. The aim of the competition was to promote music education through providing young musicians with a wide variety of musical experiences, as well as to offer an opportunity for exceptional young pianists to work together with an orchestra. To perform a concerto, a pianist needs a collaborative skill set that is not required in solo performances. For many young pianists, this competition was their first opportunity to play with an orchestra. They learned how to work with an ensemble, which posed different challenges that they needed to overcome. We hope that through the rehearsing and performing processes, these young, talented pianists have found the experience of collaborating with the conductor and other musicians valuable and enriching.

The Bangkok Young Pianists’ Concerto Competition is a not-for-profit event. We would like to thank all the composers who generously allowed their compositions to be used in the competition. We would like to thank the Yamaha Music School for their kind sponsorship of the concert grand piano onstage and two digital pianos for backstage warm-up during the event. We would like to thank Dr. Joe Parinya Chucherdwatanasak, the conductor and founder of the Bangkok Modern Ensemble, who worked very hard over the past few months to arrange most of the competition pieces for the orchestra, as well as to collaborate with the young pianists during the rehearsals and performances without accepting any compensation for his time and effort. We would also like to thank the adjudicating panel, Dr. Matthew Edwards, Ms. Lindsey Butterfield, and Mr. Jeffrey Williams for their helpful feedback for the contestants. We hope that the adjudicators’ comments will help develop these pianists in becoming professional musicians in the future. We would like to thank the Bangkok Modern Ensemble, who took time out of their busy schedule as professional musicians, to supported the young pianists in their rehearsals and performances. Finally, we want to thank all the parents, teachers, and accompanists for their support, as well as the young pianists themselves for their hard work and wonderful performances. We will continue to be a stage that provides young musicians a chance to perform with an orchestra. Thanks to all audience members for the overwhelming support and we hope to see you again in 2020!

Junior Category Finalists and  Prize winners

Chanya Methaprayoon

United States

Student of Brenden Laughlin at Vivaldi Music Academy

AWARDED FIRST PRIZE

Stanley Holewa

Thailand

Student of Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul

FINALIST

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Jiranon Sakpensri

Thailand

Student of Yosapon Kunavipakorn at Yamaha Ratchadapisek School

AWARDED SECOND PRIZE

Betty Yunuo Zhou

Germany

Student of Irina Mints at Musikschule Minz

FINALIST

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Senior Category Finalists and  Prize winners

Lalida Krairit

Thailand

Student of Suwipa Pothithet

AWARDED FIRST PRIZE

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Nichanan Kurpipat

Thailand

Student of Sumida Ansvananda

AWARDED SECOND PRIZE

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Carolyn Wang

Australia

Student of Jackie Sharp at Sharp Music Academy

FINALIST

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Aunna Pipatsart

Thailand

Student of Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul

FINALIST

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Junior Category Semi-finalists

listed by alphabetical order (last name)   

Natamon Atsavakovith

Thailand

Student of Yosapon Kunavipakorn at Yamaha Ratchadapisek School

Paramaporn Chaowanapreecha

Thailand

Student of Yosapon Kunavipakorn at Yamaha Esplanade Rattanathibet School

Stanley Holewa

Thailand

Student of Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul

Trinity Jantarach

Thailand

Student of Dr. Pornphan Bunternghunsa at Dr. Orn Studio

Suriyothai Kumanuvong

Thailand

Student of Patchara Phutivanish at Patchara Music Academy 

Chanya Methaprayoon

United States

Student of Brenden Laughlin at Vivaldi Music Academy

Joshua Ng

Australia

Student of Irina Cherkasski

Phuphaphakdee Pongpanus

Thailand

​Student of Patchara Phutivanish at Patchara Music Academy 

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Jiranon Sakpensri

Thailand

Student of Yosapon Kunavipakorn at Yamaha Ratchadapisek School

Jirath Sewatarmra

Thailand

Student of Sumida Ansvananda 

Johnny Shen

Australia

Student of Jackie Sharp at Sharp Music Academy

Chirapon Taepaisitphongse

Thailand

Student of Rithi Jantararat

Pran Taepaisitphongse

Thailand

Student of Rithi Jantararat

Ranchida Taepaisitphongse

Thailand

Student of Rithi Jantararat

Betty Yunuo Zhou

Germany

Student of Irina Mints at Musikschule Minz

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Senior Category Semi-finalists    

listed by alphabetical order (last name)   

Xhuen Harn Chan

Malaysia

Student of Ian Goh at Clavier Music Studio

Thapanapong Chuensomtoy

Thailand

Student of Patchara Phutivanish at Patchara Music Academy

James Deng

Australia

Student of Irina Cherkasski

Jaron Khor Khai Ee

Malaysia

Student of Raymond Tan

Lalida Krairit

Thailand

Student of Suwipa Pothithet

Nichanan Kurpipat

Thailand

Student of Sumida Ansvananda

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Jo Wei Lee

Malaysia

Student of Raymond Tan

Xin Er Lee

Malaysia

Student of Ian, Bin Wei Goh at Clavier Music Studio

Aunna Pipatsart

Thailand

Student of Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul

Sasirada Prateeppavameta

Thailand

Student of Kwanchanok Pongpairoj

Rattanun Ratanasophon

Thailand

Student of Visudhisom Roong-In

Carolyn Wang

Australia

Student of Jackie Sharp at Sharp Music Academy

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