Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Festival and Travels

CGIMF 2017 Competition’s Prize Winner Concerts

CGIMF 2017 Competition’s Prize Winner Concerts


The Chiang Mai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation
The Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Festival and Competition 2018


2017 Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Festival and Competition’s
Prize Winner Concerts

June 30, 2018 Saturday 4.30pm
Competition Winners Concert
June 30, 2018 Saturday 7.30pm
Orchestral Music Concert with Veronica Issajeva,Bronze Medal Pianist
Kad Theater at Kad Suan Keaw 5F
700THB, 500THB, 300THB
Free for students, 50% off for University students with valid ID
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Part I: Chamber Music Concert

June 30, 2018 Saturday 4.30pm for Chamber Music Concert at Kad Theatre (Kad Suan Kaew)

A special concert by the prize winners of the second Chiang Mai Ginastera Music Festival Competition!
Winners’ Concert featuring the following 9 performers:


Part 1 Program : 16:30 at Kad Theatre

Geoff Erik Music Conservatoire Award for Chiang Mai Musician

BRONZE Super Brass Ensemble on Low Brass Choir, Chiangmai Thailand


Gustav Holst / March from Second Suite in F
Steven Verhelst / Song for Japan
Jack Gale / Tiger Rag
SILVER CMSaxtet on Saxophone Ensemble, Chiangmai Thailand


Paul A. Nagle / Cuba Jive for five
George Gershwin / Love is here to stay
GOLD Nawanop Phetthammaros on Piano, Chiangmai Thailand


Schubert / Piano Trio Notturno in Eb Major
Pianist : Nawanop Phetthammaros
Violinist : Santiphap Viriyothai
Cellist : Siriphan Liyawarakhun

Honorable Mention

Isanan Chotirosniramit on Piano from Bangkok


F.Liszt / Sonetto 104 del petrarca
F.Chopin / Nocturne op.48 no.1 in C minor
Ginastera Award : Hirotaka Ogura on Piano from Japan


A.Ginastera / Piano Sonata No.2 Op.53


Adam Putra on Piano from Indonesia


Franz Liszt / Reminiscences de norma

Ginastera Special Prize

Naoki Takagi on Piano from Japan


Ginastera / Suite de danzas criollas Op.15

Special JAL Award

Anant Changwaiwit on Piano from Bangkok


Bach / Prelude and Fugue in D minor Book2, BWV 875
Prokofiev / Sonata No.7, Op.83 (II and III mov.)

SILVER- German Honorary Consul, Hagen Dirksen Award

Keito Maruba on Alto Saxophone from Japan


Marin Marais / Les Fories d’Espagne
Ryo Noda / Mai


Keito Maruba

keito maruba

2nd Silver Prize: Saxophone :Japan
Les Fories d’Espagne / Marin Marais
Mai / Ryo Noda

Keito Maruba is Japanese saxophone player. Crossed free repertoire by virtuoso and excellent control. Baroque, classical, romantic, modern, contemporary, rock, pop, jazz. A lot of the premiere. Do the publication of the arrangement music, many performance in the world. Participation in the World Saxophone Congress.
He has distinguished herself in numerous international competitions, he has won the 2nd prize of the 2nd Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Festival and competition ( 2017 ), 2nd prize of the Junior Saxophone Competition ( 2006 ) 4th prize of the Japan wind and percussion competition ( 2012 ).
He studied the saxophone at the Tokyo National University of Fine arts and Music (Master Degree, class of Kazuo Tomioka, Masataka Hirano, Masato Ikegami, Nobuya Sugawa )
In 2013 he became the Resident Conductor of the TOKYO BENEFIC Wind Orchestra.

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Naoki Takagi

naoki takagi

Ginastera Special Award :Piano : Japan
Suite de danzas criollas Op.15 / Ginastera

Born in 1994, Naoki Takagi began playing the piano at the age of five.
He has won prizes at many competitions, among them the 1st Prize at the ASIA International Music Competition 2016, 22th JILA Music Competition, the 4th Prize at the 25th Japan Classic Music Competition, the 5th Prize at the 5th Elena Richter International Piano Competition, the Ginastera special Prize at the 2nd Chiang mai Ginastera International Music Festival & Competition.
He graduated from Showa University of Music with excellent grades, and appeared at the graduation concert and the 87th Yomiuri New Face Concert.
Currently he is a student at the Showa Graduate School of Music Master Degree studying under Fumiko Eguchi and Yuko Ueno.


Anant Changwaiwit


Special JAL Award for Outstanding Thai Musician: Piano : Thailand
Prelude and Fugue in D minor Book2, BWV 875 / Bach
Sonata No.7, Op.83 (II and III mov) / Prokofiev

A Thai pianist, Anant was born in 1991. He began his piano lessons at age of nine. He has attended to Pre-College Music Program at College of Music, Mahidol University since 2007. In 2010 Anant continuously studied toward a undergraduate program where he was a recipient of the Merit Scholarships during his undergraduate study at the university. In 2014 Anant received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Music Performance with first-class honors. He is currently studying in the Master of Music program in Performance and Pedagogy where he was awarded Gold Medal Scholarship from 16th Settrade Thailand Youth Music Competition.
His major influences in his musical development were studied by Dr. Wen-Hui Lily Lin, Bakhtiyor Allaberganov, Sebastien Koch and Boonlong Nithi-uthai. Currently, Anant is a student of Asst. Prof. Dr. Eri Nakagawa and Prof. Rolf-Dieters Arens.
In 2013 Anant was the winner of MSMU Concerto Competition. In 2014 He won the First prize from 4th Mozart International Piano Competition in Thailand and Gold Medal, Third prize winner of 16th Settrade Thailand Youth Music Competition. Recently, in 2017 Anant was the Special Prize winner from 2nd Chiangmai Ginastera International Festival and Competition.
As the soloist, Anant was selected to play Saint-Saën’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Mahidol Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 he was invited to perform with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) where he performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3, under the baton of Gudni A. Emilson. In the following year, Anant joined Alfonso Scarano and TPO to present Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1.
In April, 2018 Anant was invited as a guest soloist to present Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with North Czech Philharmonic Teplice in Czech Republic.

Hirotaka Ogura


Ginastera Special Award Honorable Mention : Piano : Japan
Piano Sonata No.2 / Ginastera

Born in Tokyo, Japan. Hirotaka Ogura studied at the Senzoku Gakuen college of music, earning a masters degree at the university there in 2017.
The New Face- Introduction Concert in Yokohama Japan in 2015.
He won first prize at PIARA piano competition-South Kanto Region, in 2015.
He then went on to also win the PIARA piano competition at the National level in 2015.
In 2016, He also won 4th prize at North Kanto piano competition.
Moreover, He studied in Todi international music masters(T.I.M.M) in Italy.
And then he joined their mastercalss Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Chen Yunjie, Enrico Elisi, Eteri Andjaparidze and Eduardo Delgado.
His teacher at Senzoku Gakuen was Mika Kadokura.

Adam Putra


Usaato Special Prize : Piano : Indonesia
Reminiscences de norma / Franz Liszt

Born on January 15, 2001, in Jakarta, Adam began playing the piano at 4, under the supervision of her mother, Ms. Sanny. He continued studying in YPM Music School in 2007, where he was taught by several teachers, namely Ms. Maria Caecilia D. R. Murni from the elementary grade to grade 3, and Ms. Cut Amanda M. Arianto up until grade 5. Within the same year of his secondary education completion from Citra Alam School, Adam also graduated from YPM’s elementary program and won “The 2014 YPM Junior Artist Award”. In 2016, he subsequently earned “The Award for YPM’s Most Outstanding Performance” and “The YPM Artist Award” in his final graduation from YPM Music School. Since grade 6 and until now, Adam studies music with Indonesia’s renown pianist- Mr. Levi Gunardi.
At young age, Adam’s dedication to become a pianist has earned him many achievements from various prestigious competitions. He won first prize in Bali Open Piano Competition 2016, Pearl River Students Piano Competition II 2017, and also a Gold medal in Steinway Youth Piano Competition 2018 recently. It is worth noting that Adam’s ongoing involvement in the orchestra has given him the Honor for Being The Youngest Ever Twillite Orchestra Member.

Isanant Chotirosniramit


Honorable Mention : Piano : Thailand
Sonetto 104 del petrarca / Franz Liszt
Nocturne op.48 no.1 in C minor / Frédéric Chopin

Born in 1998, Isanan Chotirosniramit grew up in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He started his first piano lesson with Ajarn Thidapat Naiyana at the age of 7, later with Ajarn Remi Namthep and Ajarn Atsuko Seta. Throughout the years Isanan has performed as a soloist and he also participated in several music competitions including the Thailand Chopin International Competition , Bangkok Steinway Concerto Competition, The S.E.T Youth Musician Competition(Silver Prize) and he also received a Honorable mention prize from 2nd Chiang Mai Ginastera Competition. Currently, Isanan is a scholaship student in his second year at College of Music, Mahidol University, Studying under the tuteleage of Dr.Wen-Hui Lily Lin and Prof.Arens rolf-dieter. Isanan is the founding member of the Mahidol Saxophone Trio which performed in many countries including The 17th Osaka Competition in Japan and the 2016 Asian Saxophone Congress in Taiwan.

Nawanop Phetthammaros


Gold Medalist – Award for Chiang Mai Musician : Piano : Thailand
Piano Trio- Notturno in Eb Major / Schubert

Nawaop Phetthammaros is a Thai Classical Pianist Born in Chiangmai in 1993. In 2010, he began his first piano lesson with Ms. Chitlada Khammasit, a piano teacher In 2012, he graduated from Dara Acedemy high school and studied at Duriyasilp College of Music, Payap University in a Bachelor of Music.
Later In 2012, he studied with Professor Atsuko Seta in classical music. During several years in university, he performed in many stages in Honor Recitals and Piano Concerto. He graduated from Payap university in 2016, he keeps studying with Atsuko Seta and takes a carrier as a pianist and piano teacher.




Silver Medalist – Award for Chiang Mai Musician : Saxophone Ensemble : Thailand
Jive for five / Paul A. Nagle
Love is here to stay / George Gershwin


Super Brass Ensemble


Bronze Medalist – Award for Chiang Mai Musician : Low Brass Ensemble : Thailand
March from Second Suite in F / Gustav Holst
Song for Japan /Steven Verhelst
Tiger Rag / Jack Gale

Super Brass Ensemble formed in 2013 by Brass players who works and studies at College of music, Payap university in Chiangmai mai. The group performs widely and participates in many communities services in Chiangmai, Lampang. In 2016, they won the special prize for Chiangmai Musician at the 1st Ginastera Chiangmai Music festival and competition and won the 3rd prize for Geoff Erik Music Conservatoire Award for Chiangmai Musician in 2017


Part II: Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra Concert

June 30, 2018 Saturday 7.30pm for Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra Concert with Veronica Issajeva (Bronze Medal Winner : Pianist : Estonia) and Chaipruck Mekara (Conductor : Thailand) at Kad Theatre


Part 2 Program : 19:30 at Kad Theatre

Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra Concert

Divertimento No. 24 Op. 136 / Morzart


Piano Concerto no. 1, Op. 11 / Chopin


Pianist: Veronica Issajeva (Bronze Medal Winner : Pianist : Estonia)
Allegro maestoso


Symphony no. 8 “Unfinished” Symphony / Schubert


Allegro moderato
Andanate con moto


Veronica Issajeva


Bronze Medalist Piano : Estonia
Piano Concerto no. 1, Op. 11 / Chopin

Veronika Issajeva, I was born on the 6th of August in 1994 in Tallinn ( Estonia ) . I participated and became the laureate in many national and international competitions in Tallinn and abroad.
2004 – International competition ‘’Young Musician’’, Tallinn(Estonia)- 2nd prize and special prize for the best performance of the concerto with orchestra ‘’The Girl and The Dragon’’.
2007 – International competition ‘’Young Musician’’, Tallinn- 4th prize, diploma and special prize for the best performance of the piece, written by J.S.Bach
2008 – The 6th Estonian national competition in Tartu (Estonia)- 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of the piece, written by Claude Debussy
2008 – International competition ‘’Santa Cecilia’’ in Segovia (Spain)-2nd prize
2009 – National competition ‘’The Best Young Musician of the 2009 year’’, Tallinn (Estonia)- 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of sonata, written by J.Haydn
2009 – International competition ‘’Usti nad Labem’’ (Czech Republic)- 3rd prize
2010 – The 6th International Competition ‘’Zlatko Grgosevic’’ in Zagreb (Croatia)- 2nd prize
2010 – I got the title ‘’Promising young talent of the Estonian Republic’’
2011 – The 7th International Frederic Chopin Competition in Beijing (China)- 7th prize
2012 – The IX International Frederic Chopin competition in Narva (Estonia)- 4th prize, special prize awarded by The Fryderyk Chopin Society of Warsaw and Award Certificate for the best performance of a work by F.Chopin
2012 – National competition in memory of Heino Eller in Tallinn(Estonia)- Grand Prix
2013 – National piano soloists competition. As the winner I performed S.Rachmaninov’s 2nd piano concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of the School, named after Georg Ots
2013 – Music Fest Perugia (Italy). As the winner of the international piano soloists competition I performed L.van Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
2014 – Music Fest Perugia (Italy). International piano soloists competition. As the winner I performed F.Chopin’s 1st piano concerto with the Spain Alicante Philharmonic Orchestra
2015 – International Competition in Schlern (Italy)- 1st prize
2015 – Solo recital in The House of Blackheads (Tallinn Philharmony)
2015 – VI ASEAN International Chopin Competition in Kuala- Lumpur (Malaysia)- 3rd prize
2016 – Solo recital in the Big Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music
2016 – III Siberian International Frederic Chopin Competition in Tomsk (Russia)- 3rd prize
2016 – As the best pianist of the Estonian Republic I performed twice with F.Chopin’s 1st piano concerto in Estonia Big Philharmony Hall with the Estonian National Orchestra
2016 – Cecile Edel-Latos International Competition in Paris (France)- 4th prize
2016 – State Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Estonian Republic
2017 – International competition dedicated to the memory of the pianist Lilian Semper (Tallinn, Estonia)- 1st prize
2017 – Chiang Mai Ginastera International Music Competition- 3rd prize, Bronze Award and Osaka Credit Union Dr.Tatsuo Fukami Award
2017 – State Award from the Foundation of the Estonian Nationality and Cultural Heritage of the Estonian Republic

Chaipruck Mekara

CPO Conductor.
Chaipruck Mekara is a Chiang Mai native. After graduating from Payap University, he received his Masters of Music degree (double major in Music Composition and Clarinet performance) from Roosevelt University, where he studied with Dr. Robert Lombardo. In 2003, Mekara received his DMA in Music Composition from Northwestern University, where is studied with Dr. Stephen Syverud, Dr. William Karlins, and Dr. Jay Allan Yim. Like many Asian composers who went abroad to continue their education, he realized the value of his native culture while in a foreign land. His music attempts to combine the aesthetic philosophy of the East with the compositional techniques of the West. Mekara’s music was performed by the Thai Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra and by various artists such as TIMF Ensemble (Korea), TICF artists in resident (Thailand). His composition also was premiered at the World Choir Games, 2012, Cincinnati, OH, International Trumpet Guild, 2011 Minneapolis, MN. Thailand International Composition Festival, Thailand, and Asian Young Musicians’ Connection, Chaipruck also gave series of lecture at several Schools of Music in the US. for example Northwestern University, IL, Columbia College, IL, University of Iowa, California State University, San Bernardino, CA and Illinois Wesleyan University, IL. In Thailand, Chaipruck founded the Chiangmai Youth Philharmonic Band and Symphony Orchestra Foundation. As a conductor, in 2005-2006, he was a music director and conductor of the Musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” Produced by The Voice Studio. In 2005, Mr. Mekara composed and conducted the “Farung Rum Thao” for Symphonic Band and Thai Classical Orchestra for the Princess of Thailand. Mekara was invited as a conductor in resident of China-ASEAN Music Week, 2015 in Nanning, Quangxi, China. He is now the music director and conductor of the Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra and the Chiangmai Philharmonic Band. Mr. Mekara also serves as the Music Composition instructor at the College of Music at Payap University


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