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Cholapat Piano Studio
Cholapat Chongstitwattana, Thailand
MM. in Piano Performance (1st prize winner) University of Miami, USA
B.Mus.Ed (Honor) Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Guest Professor at: Chulalongkorn University, Silpakorn University & Srinakharinwirot University
Cholapat is a highly acclaimed pianist and teacher from Thailand. "Cholapat is an extraordinary pianist with good fingers...," said Ivan Davis, a legendary American pianist who studied with Carlo Zecchi and Vladimir Horowitz and in turn taught "Nick" Cholapat Chongstitwattana for four years in the United States, "his inquiring musical mind makes an always interesting performance," he added.
The Bangkok Post published a review of his performance on Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 as follows; "Cholapat performed with virtuosity. He showed technical skill and ability to produce beautiful cantabile".
Journal of Yamaha Music Foundation in Japan mentioned him as "Pianist with unique singing tone, a rare gem!"
His virtuosity was acclaimed three times in the "Bangkok Post" and twice in "The Nation" newspaper. He received important scholarships, awards and prizes from competitions. He traveled, studied and performed in three continents crystallizing his technique, musicality and his unique singing tone. His former teachers and mentors includes Ivan Davis, Santiago Rodriguez, Kemal Gekic, Tian Ying, Roberta Rust, Jean-Francois Antonioli, Rosalin Tantikarn, Suwanna Wangsophon and Nat Yontararak. Also, he studied harpsichord and history privately with Frank Cooper.
He worked as a piano pedagogue at the head office of Yamaha Music Academy (Thailand). His duty was to give seminars and masterclasses, and to train piano teachers intensively for Yamaha Music Schools throughout the country. More than 200 teachers went on his training.
Cholapat now resides in Bangkok, Thailand. He runs the "C-CLEF MUSIC STUDIO", his private institution where he and his colleagues give lessons to promising young artists.
Yoonie Han, Korea
“Praised by her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Inquirer), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.
In 2009, Ms. Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.”
She is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition, the Fulbright Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, the World Piano Competition, and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole, and Recontre International Piano Competition in France. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “most promising young artist.” She is the recipient of “Brava!” award by Italian Academy Foundation, and an award by London Keyboard Trust.
Having made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at Seoul Arts Center at age 13, Ms. Han has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, Juilliard PC Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan. She has played such celebrated venues as at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Frick Collections, Boston University Tanglewood Festival, Myra Hess Series, Philips Collections in the U.S., Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bergamo Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and Sejong Performing Arts Center in Korea. In 2012-13, with supports from Fulbright Foundation, she has toured Steinway Halls in U.S., and Europe. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR- New York, NPR’s “Artist Showcases”, Chicago’s WFMT, and many others. Her album, ‘Love and Longing’ on Steinway Records was nominated as ‘Album of the week’ on WQXR, and is quickly raised on Billboard Classical Chart.
Ms. Han received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently on the faculty of Piano performance and Chamber Music at the Bilkent University, Turkey.
Ms. Han has also enjoyed special sponsorships from Roche Bobois, the Paris-based international retailer of fine furniture; Breguet, Switzerland’s leading maker of luxury timepieces, as well as Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian fashion house, which has supplied gowns for her concerts.
Yoonie Han is a Steinway Concert & Recording artist.
“ʺBrava!”ʺ Award by Italian Academy Foundation2014
Washington International Competition 1st Prize2011
Fulbright Concerto Competition 1st Prize2011
Recontre International Piano Competition in Paris Laureate2011
Artur Benedetti Michelangeli Prize Finalist2011
Paterna International Piano Competition 4th Prize2011
London Keyboard Trust Award2010
Gawon International Music Society Competition 1st Prize2009
Cincinnati World Piano Competition 1st Prize2008
Juilliard Gina Bachauer Piano Competition 1st Prize2008
Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition 5th Prize2007
Buono&Bradshaw International Piano Competition 1st Prize2007
Juilliard Munz Chopin Competition 2nd Prize2007
Nena Wideman Piano Competition 1st Prize2006
Concorso Pianistico Internaziole Ettore Pozzoli 2nd Prize2005
Kosciuszko Chopin Competition 1st Prize2005
Music Teacher National Association Competition Winner2003
Juilliard Frederich Nordmann Piano Competition 1st Prize2002
Juilliard Pre-‐‑College Mozart Concerto Competition 1st Prize2001
The Most Promising Young Artist Award by Korean Culture Ministry1999
Korea National Music Competition Grand Prize1999
Stefano Miceli, Italy
Hailed as one of today’s most exciting conductors and pianists, Stefano Miceli continues to thrill worldwide audiences with his temperament, passion and musicianship as brilliant soloist and conductor.
Dr. Miceli's laudable work has brought him into contact many orchestras, including Salzburg Orchestra of Mozarteum, , Chamber Orchestra of La Scala, La Fenice Orchestra of Venice, Leipzig Philharmonic, European Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Milano Metropolitan Orchestra, Dallas Virtuosi Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, Bellini Opera House Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Italiana, El Sistema Orchestra Venezuela, Jugend Sinfonieorchester Leipzig “J. S. Bach”, Orchestra of Cluje, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Scarlatti Orchestra of Naples,Sanremo, Trento, Marche, Moldova and Pordenone philharmonics.
He is a regular guest as pianist and conductor at the most important festivals and theatres in the world: New York (Carnegie Hall ), Leipzig ( Gewandhaus ), Boston (Tsai Performance Theatre and Tanglewood ), Melbourne ( Great Hall of NGV, BMW Theatre, Federation Hall ) , Berlin ( Berlin Philharmonie ), Venice ( La Fenice Opera House ), Beijing ( Forbidden City Theatre), Catania Sicily ( Bellini Opera House), New Orleans ( Le Petit Theatre ), Tbilisi Opera house, Caracas and Maracaibo ( Teatro Belles Artes and Urdaneda Theatre ), Dallas Theatre, New Mexico ( Popejoy, Keller and Atkinson theatres), Milan theatres, Washington B. Rohme Theatre, Rome theatres, Bergamo ( Donizetti Theatre ) , Verona ( Steinway Hall ), Naples ( Scarlatti Hall ) , Palermo Theatre, Jesi (Pergolesi Theatre) , Genoa (Palazzo Ducale) Teatro dell'Opera in Sanremo, Padoa (Sala Dei Giganti), Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Madrid, Lugano, Bangkok, Cervo International Festival, Tivoli Festival, Ravello Festival and the Vatican Eastern Festival.
In addition to his performing career dr. Miceli dedicates part of his time in teaching as Visiting Professor at the Boston University, Taglewood Institute, “J. S. Bach Music School” in Leipzig Germany, Harvard Hall for Manhattan School of Music Students, University of New Mexico, Bangkok Yamaha School, Hanoi National Academy of Music, Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music, Steinway Academy in Verona Italy and around the world; he also supports the El Sistema Orchestras de la Juventud Venezuelana in orchestral activities. He is also the Chairman at the International Summer Camp of the City of Valencia Spain and Piano Chief at the Malta International Summer Music Campus.
Dr. Miceli studied piano and composition at the “San Pietro a Majella” University of Music in Naples, where he graduated cum laude and earned a doctorate under the direction of Vincenzo Vitale's Piano School. He studied conducting and opera conducting with Donato Renzetti in Italy where he earned a doctorate. He expanded his musical knowledge at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence and at the Catholic University ( DMA) in Washington Dc .A Centaur Recording Artist he lives with his wife Francesca between New York and Bergamo, Italy where he’s named Honor Artist at the “ Donizetti Grand Galà Theatre”. In 2008 Dr. Miceli’s received the Silver Medal by the President of Republic of Italy Hon. Giorgio Napolitano and in 2012 the Career Prize “New York Bravo Award” (2012). He is the Artistic and Music Director at the Milano Metropolitan Orchestra. Stefano Miceli is a Steinway Artist.
Santi Music School, Chiangmai
Tucked away behind the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall on Soi 5 off Sirimangkhlajarn Road is one of Chiang Mai’s hidden gems – the Santi School of Music. Founded as a small teaching studio in 2001 by Santi Saenthong and his business manager and administrator, Naravich Sankaew (Ken), then registered and licenced by the government in 2011, the school is a vibrant and excellent centre of musical knowledge and learning. The privately-run school offers expert professional tuition in the majority of instruments to be found in a modern symphony orchestra – the full range of strings, woodwind and brass; but on offer also are opportunities to learn traditional Thai instruments such as the khim, a distant relation of the Eastern European cimbalom or North American hammered dulcimer. The school boasts a small choir and also offers vocal lessons in singing from traditional, through classical to popular music. The school really shouts its musical message as one first enters the spacious reception room – it is packed with musical paraphernalia such as pianos, a range of violins in glass cabinets, musical scores, portraits of great composers on the walls and many displays of students’ performances around the room. With 10 teachers, some full and others part time, there are eight practice rooms and upstairs a large performance room big enough to seat around forty people. The school is never still – even in the late evening, students can be heard struggling with technical sections of a Chopin etude or trying to capture the inimitable spirit of a Schubert song, while a distant violin or flute can be heard as their devotee students learn in this admirable environment and wonderful community resource.
Santi himself, at 45 years old, is one of the piano teachers with a heavy schedule of lessons in addition to his two full days teaching at Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Mai Rim where he is the instrumental facilitator. But Santi’s origins are not in music. He originally studied linguistics at Naresuan University in Pitsanulok before settling in Chiang Mai where he continued his studies at Payap University for a while. Fortunately for music lovers and music students in the north, he decided to focus on music rather than his original studies and with his background in keyboard, he set off for Manchester, England, where he spent a full month studying organ at the long-established Victoria University. After that, it was back to Chiang Mai and the eventual founding of the school. With 130 students currently on roll, the school has widened its arena significantly in recent times. It now presents an annual recital at the AUA auditorium for its students, monthly student and teacher recitals, it hosts classes in jazz appreciation and it regularly raises money for local charities through its recitals and concerts. Young children are also included with classes in music appreciation for children aged 2 and above. The pianos, of which there are currently 13 in the school, are offered out for hire into the community and members of the public are welcome to borrow a decent range of scores, books, CDs and DVDs from the adequately stocked lending library.
Santi, whose favourite composer is Franz Liszt, enjoys travel and photography. His excellent command of the English language has enabled him to bridge the gap between eastern and western music so that his students can benefit from great enthusiasm, wide ranging knowledge and enormous experience. His dreams are to own and open a concert hall in Chiang Mai. For his school, he wants his own students to have the finest facilities in which to study, to have the best education possible in learning instruments or singing so that standards of teaching and learning are constantly being raised. More information can be found on the website: www.santimusicschool.ac.th
22/3 Sirimangkhalajarn Rd. Soi 5 (Near Kad Suan Kaew)
T.Suthep A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Tel: 053 224344, 089 852 7506