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
Senior Category Finalists and Prize winners
Junior Category Semi-finalists
listed by alphabetical order (last name)