The FCCT is delighted to present Four Young Thai Prodigies 2020, a rare evening of classical music in the clubhouse featuring some extraordinarily talented musicians ranging in age from 14 to 18. One a violinist and the other three pianists, they will take 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 card 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 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.
This special evening in the club has been made possible by the indefinite loan last year to the FCCT of a magnificent white mini grand piano by club member Jeremy King. This tremendous addition to the club’s fabric has made possible our regular Friday night piano nights, which are already attracting a loyal following.
Non has studied with Sebastien since the age of six when he began attending the Alliance Francaise. He is today a student at Thammasat University, and pursuing his piano studies as a second major. Non, sponsored by the Knight Foundation of Jeremy King, is already a veteran musician who has participated in numerous competitions and important musical events around Thailand. He will perform 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 Competition 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.
Polsid Sobhanasiri (Ohm)
Polsid Sobhanasiri, 18, has studied music with Ajarn Suda Banomyong and National Artist Dusadee Banomyong. He was taught the violin by Ajarn Sittichai Pengcharoen, and music ensemble by Sebastien. Polsid has participated in many competitions, and won a gold medal at the 17th SET Youth Musician Competition in 2014. He won the Princess Galayani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra soloist competition in 2018, and the Mahidol String Concerto Competition 2019. He is in his second year at Mahidol University College of Music, and will perform the second and final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major from 1878 with Sebastien performing the orchestral part on piano.
Possaweekrish Wipasstharitsakul (Plub)
Possaweekrish Wipasstharitsakul, 14, 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 the youngest participant.
This is an unusual event for the FCCT that requires absolute quiet during performances with all mobile devices switched off. It is not suitable for young children, and F&B service will be not be provided while the musicians are playing, so we recommend you arrive in good time.