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Guest comments: Baan Kata Arts FestivalTuesday 18th February 2014 saw Mom Tri’s Villa Royale hold a classical music concert as part of the annual Baan Kata Arts Festival, a celebration of art and cultural events.

Mom Tri Devakul had personally invited the Pro Music String Quartet featuring M.L.Usni Pramoj on viola, Tasana Nagavajara on violin, Siripong Tiptan on violin, and Kittikhun Sodpraser on cello to perform at the concert.

.E. Admiral M.L. Usni Pamoj (Viola)
M.L. Usni Pramoj studied law at Oxford University and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law at Gray’s Inn. However, music has been his abiding passion since childhood. After completing his studies abroad, he returned to help pioneer Western classical music in Thailand, being a co-founder of a chamber orchestra which subsequently metamorphosed into the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Today, he continues to be active as a conductor, violinist, violist, and composer. He is a Privy Councillor and Thai National Artist, as well as recipient of the Asean Award for the performing arts and Honorary Doctorate of Music from Silpakorn University.

Tasana Nagavajara (Violin)
On July 31, 2011, the historic Mendelssohn House in Leipzig invited violinist Tasana Nagavajara to give a recital, an honour bestowed on a Thai classical musician for the first time. Tasana’s appearances on the international scene began early with the scholarship awarded by the International Menuhin Music Academy, which, besides rigorous training in the violin and viola, also included touring with the Camerata Lysy under the direction of Lord Yehudi Menuhin, which took him to major European cities, USA and Canada. An opportunity to play chamber music with Alberto Lysy at the prestigious Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires ushered in a continuum of international engagements. Since 2011 he has been asked to act as faculty member at the annual Estate Musicale Frentana in Lanciano, Italy, where he also performed chamber music with principal players of I Musici di Roma and the Orchestre National de France.

Tasana has been able to bring his international experience to bear on his activities at home, having functioned as Concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under Hikotaro Yazaki for ten consecutive seasons and is now Concertmaster of the Bangkok Pro Musica Orchestra under M.L.Usni Pramoj, this endeavor culminated in a very successful European tour in September 2012. Tasana has performed violin concerti with leading orchestras in Thailand and introduced a considerable repertoire of chamber music (including premieres) to Thai audience. Tasana has been active as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University, and since 2005, Director of its Summer Music School.

Guest comments: Baan Kata Arts Festival

Siripong Tiptan (Violin)
After joining the Conservatory of Music at Rangsit University as a violin instructor and the head of Performance and Orchestral Studies, Siripong has led the standard of strings teaching and orchestra training of the Rangsit University to its new high.

Siripong received a full scholarship for his Bachelor’s degree study in Violin Performance from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. While he was studying, he won two music competitions and was also awarded the Duchess of Kent scholarship for excellent student. After graduating from the HKAPA, Siripong won the Graduated Teaching Fellowship award from the University of Oregon as well as HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana’s scholarship to study his Master degree with Prof. Katherine Lucktenberg. Siripong is now the Concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. He is also a founder of the Bangkok String Quartet, The Artist Ensemble of Bangkok, and the RSU Piano Trio.

The highlight of Siripong’s musical activities in 2012, aside from concerts with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, are a concert with the National Symphony Orchestra of Thailand in P. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D op. 35, Thailand Premier of Igor Stravinsky “L’Histoire du Soldat” version trio, a concert with Asia Pacific United Orchestra in Europe, a recording with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra (new album), Mai-Thai Chamber Orchestra with Dnu Huntrakul and Supatra Indrabhakti Korad, and the soundtrack of the movie “Jan Dara 2012”.

Kittikhun Sodprasert (Cello)
Kittikhun graduated in 1984 from the Department of Western Music at the College of Dramatic Arts, Thailand, and then continued with advanced studies at the long-standing Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland from 1994 to 1996. He subsequently joined the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra as a founding member in 1982 and has played with them ever since.

In his younger days Kittikhun showed great interest in both composition and in making arrangements of compositions for orchestra. This earned him the reputation of being one of Thailand’s most reputable and famous composers and arrangers.

His major musical works for orchestra include:
• ‘The Spirit of Asia’ written for the Asian Games 1999
• Music for the Fespic Games 1999
• ‘Talay Chandr’ 2005 – the score of which earned two Golden Nikanesaya Awards as well as many others.
• In 2008 his composition “ASEAN WAY” was selected as the ASEAN Anthem getting the 1st prize in the ASEAN Anthem Composition.
• Composed music and the score for the Sport Authority of Thailand “Wan Hang Chai 2009”.
Kittikhun currently works full-time as a lecturer and instructor at the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University Bangkok, Thailand, as well as being principal cellist with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra
Here’s what some of the guest’s who attended had to say about the event:

Guest comments: Baan Kata Arts Festival
Ilse Gibson – I think the concert was brilliant, I know that admiral Usni is a representative of the King from The King’s Club and I didn’t know that he is also a fantastic musician, so it’s a real surprise for me. This is the second time I’ve attended the event and I will be attending every year.


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Nancy – It was magnificent, the arrangement was fantastic. I loved the second piece by the Admiral; it was beautiful and reminded me of the sounds of the birds and the jungle from when I lived in Malaysia. I don’t know what the story was behind the piece but it was so playful. The musicians are so talented and they performed tremendously. I’m so privileged to have been able to hear them. In addition, what a fantastic setting, for my last evening in Phuket!


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Jan Stensland – It was very nice; I especially liked the first part of the second piece of music which was written by the Admiral. The entire pieces of music were played excellently. I’m no expert on classical music but I thoroughly enjoyed myself!



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Bente Skolleborg – Fantastic! I was just sitting here thinking to myself how lucky I am to be part of this special evening. For me it was like being in another world. I come from Norway and my friends invited me to come tonight so I didn’t really know what to expect, but it has just been so nice, from the reception with the wonderful drinks and food through to the classical music concert has been amazing!

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