Berliner Philharmoniker in Bangkok

by Expat Life

The College of Music, Mahidol University is proud to host a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the best of the best in classical music, the Berliner Philharmoniker concert on November 9 at 7.30 p.m. at the Prince Mahidol Hall.

The Berliner Philharmoniker concert with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel was incredibly successful, with an overwhelming response from music lovers. It was phenomenal with the concert sold out and saw classical fans headed to the same destination that is Prince Mahidol Hall. There were fans who love classical music and many distinguished guests attended the event, including Clin. Prof. Udom Kachintorn – Deputy Minister College of Music, Mahidol University of Education, Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul – Chairperson of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Chaiwat Wibulswasdi – Chairman of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, and Prof. Banchong Mahaisavariya, Acting President of Mahidol University together with Dr. Narong Prangcharoen, Dean of the College of Music, Mahidol University, Board Members of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, sponsors, artists and celebrities.

The concert started with the students of the Young Artists Music Program, College of Music Mahidol University performing the Royal Anthem to opening the Berliner Philharmoniker concert. The hall was full of applause and cheering to welcome the orchestra members. Then Maestro Gustavo Dudamel came out on stage to a huge ovation. The Berliner Philharmoniker, led by Gustavo Dudamel, took everyone on an experience of musical magic, beginning with Leonard Bernstein’s Divertimento for Orchestra in the first half, followed by Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The magical energy of Dudamel created with his enthusiasm and skillful conducting connected with the Berlin musicians to create an incredible experience.

The concert ended with endless standing ovations and cheering in an almost a rock concert-like environment. This concert helped bring the name of Prince Mahidol Hall, the College of Music, and Mahidol University to the world music stage. Thank you all for the kind support for this event. Thank you for all the encouragement and help to make it happening.

The Berliner Philharmoniker, founded in 1882 as a self-governing body, has long been esteemed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Hans von Bülow, Arthur Nikisch, and Wilhelm Furtwängler were the principal conductors who left their distinctive mark in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s early decades. In 1955 Herbert von Karajan became the orchestra’s artistic director and, in the ensuing years, worked with the musicians to develop a unique tonal quality and performing style that made the Berliner Philharmoniker famous all over the world. Claudio Abbado, chief conductor from 1989 to 2002, devised a new type of programming, with increased emphasis on contemporary works, expanded chamber recital series and operas in concert performance He was followed by Sir Simon Rattle, who led the orchestra from September 2002 until the end of the 2017/2018 season.

During his tenure, the Education Programme was initiated to ensure that the Berliner Philharmoniker reaches a wider and, especially, younger audience. In November 2007, the orchestra and its artistic director Sir Simon Rattle were appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, the first artistic ensemble ever to represent the international children’s organisation. The Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation is generously supported by its principal sponsor, Deutsche Bank.

Gustavo Dudamel

Driven by an unwavering belief in the power of music to heal, unite, and inspire, Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most distinguished conductors of our day. From the great concert halls to classrooms, video screens and movie theaters, Dudamel’s remarkable career of musical achievements and championing of access to the arts for young people around the world demonstrates music’s extraordinary capacity to transform lives. Gustavo Dudamel is one of the most decorated conductors of his generation.

In recognition of his advocacy for the proliferation of the arts in the Americas, he received the 2018 Paez Medal of Art and the Pablo Neruda Order of Artistic and Cultural Merit, the Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award in 2016, and the 2014 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society from the Longy School of Music.

He was named Musical America’s 2013 Musician of the Year, one of the highest honors in the classical music industry, and was voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame. In October of 2011, he was named Gramophone Artist of the Year, and in May of the same year, was inducted into the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in consideration of his “eminent merits in the musical art.” Gustavo Dudamel was born in 1981 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He began violin lessons as a child with José Luis Jiménez and Francisco Díaz at the Jacinto Lara Conservatory. He continued his violin studies with Rubén Cova and José Francisco del Castillo at the Latin American Academy of Violin. His conducting studies began in 1993 when he was hired as an Assistant Conductor with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra.

Saglimbeni and was named Music Director of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. In 1999, he was appointed Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and began conducting studies with the orchestra’s founder, Dr. Abreu. Dudamel achieved international attention by winning the inaugural Bamberger Symphoniker Gustav Mahler Competition in 2004.

He then went on to become Music Director of the Gothenburg Symphony (2007- 2012), where he currently holds the title = Honorary Conductor. Inspired by Dudamel’s early musical and mentoring experiences, the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation, a registered charity, was created in 2012 with the goal of promoting access to music as a human right and a catalyst for learning, integration, and social change.

Dudamel’s 2018/19 season will center around the centennial celebration of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and his tenth year as their Music & Artistic Director. Under Dudamel’s direction, the LA Phil has become one of the leading orchestras in the world, admired for its unmatched commitment to new music, diversity and inclusion, and the development of groundbreaking digital initiatives.

For more information about Gustavo Dudamel, visit his official website: You can find more about the Gustavo Dudamel Foundation at

Prince Mahidol Hall

Home of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra at Mahidol University, Salaya, its unique design will impress visitors at first sight. A state-of–the-art light and sound system, and stage engineering designed by consulting firms from Britain, France, and Germany, make the building one of the most advanced concert halls in Asia.

The winning design by Architects 49 Co,Ltd. features design concepts that incorporate natural forms and traditional Thai architectural features.Viewed from the air, the building resembles the shape of a Kan-phai flower, the floral emblem of Mahidol University. The pattern on the roof resembles the skeletal framework of human body, symbolizing the advancement of medical knowledge which inspired the birth of Mahidol University.

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