Four Young Thai Prodigies in concert
On Friday 13th November I was invited my dear friend Jeremy King from the Knight Foundation to a concert at the FCCT.
Four Young Thai Prodigies – a rare evening of classical music in the FCCT clubhouse in Ploenchit featuring some extraordinarily talented musicians ranging in age from 14 to 18. One a violinist, the other three pianists, they took turns performing works by Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.
All four are students of Ajarn Sebastien A. Koch, who when he secured his US green car POLSID d in 2007 was identified as “an alien with extraordinary abilities.”
In his years previously on earth, Sebastien obtained his licence de concert at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in France and his Master’s in Music Performance at the Musikhochschule Freiburg in Germany. Among other honours, he was awarded the Grand Prix des Arts et Patrimoine by the Academie Nationale de Metz.
Non has studied with Sebastien since the age of six when he began attending Alliance Francaise in Bangkok. He is today a student at Thammasat University, and pursuing his piano studies as a second major. Non, sponsored by the Knight Foundation is already a veteran musician who has participated in numerous competitions and important musical events around Thailand. He performed a rarely heard and extremely challenging piece made famous worldwide by Canadian classical pianist Glenn Gould: the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, which some consider the preeminent keyboard masterpiece of the Baroque era.
Suthasinee Wongjidasak (Hong)
Suthasinee Wongjidasak 15, has also been a student of Sebastien’s since the age of six. She has won numerous prizes, including the Beethoven and the Chopin Competition. She recently came second in the International Mozart Concerto Competition of Thailand, and was the second youngest in her age group. She has performed for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Alliance Francaise, and at the residence of the French Ambassador on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the French-Thai diplomatic relations. Suthasinee is sponsored by the Path Foundation of Danai Pathomvanich.
Possaweekrish Wipasstharitsakul (Plub)
Just 14 years old he started piano at the age of five and today has a full scholarship at Harrow International School in Bangkok. He has been honing his skills with Sebastien as a concert pianist and been the recipient of many awards and prizes. He came first in the Sixth Mozart International Competition, third in the Fourth Thailand Chopin International Competition, and in October was third in the International 2020 Mozart Concerto Competition – and was the youngest participant that evening.
I was entranced by the beautiful concert music and I am trying to convince Sebastian to arrange a musical evening at the Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit at Nana BTS for charity.
I would like to charge 1,000B with the funds going to an Expat Life in Thailand chosen charity. There will be limited numbers available but I guarantee an evening with chamber music to remember.