Chiang Mai  Ginastera International Music Festival


Jury members who confirmed their participation in 2018. Click on the names.

First to Final Round

Honorable Artistic Director, Head of Judging Committee
Eduardo Delgado (Pianist, Argentina)

Eduardo DelgadoInternational audiences and critics have consistently recognized the fiery intensity, brilliance, sensitivity and innate musicality in the pianism of Eduardo Delgado. His appearances have taken him to the major music capitals of four continents—Europe, South America, Asia and North America. Through the wide span of Delgado’s repertoire, audiences immediately feel and hear that music affects him very deeply and that he shares these profound and personal emotions freely with every listener.

A few of the international plaudits he has won are:

  • “Virtuosity, clean sound, and passion…the best” reports La Capital of Argentina.
    Following an appearance in Tokyo in the Pablo Casals Hall, critics hailed his playing as “a marvelous performance, deeply emotional as well as lyrical” (Musica Nova – Tokyo).
  • Norwegian critics described Delgado as “a pianist of a thousand nuances, a fantastic experience.” (Kristiansand).
  • In Russia, “Delgado’s Bach had brilliance, a profound meditation and a musical tone rarely heard” (Sovietskaya Kultura – Moscow).

Born in Rosario, Argentina, Eduardo Delgado began his early training with his mother, Amelia, followed by studies with Arminda Canteros in Rosario, Sergio Lorenzi in Venice, Vicente Scaramuzza in Buenos Aires, Dora Zaslavsky at the Manhattan School of Music and Rosina Lhevinne at the Julliard School of Music, New York, NY. Some of his numerous awards and prizes include the Vladimir Horowitz Award, Mozarteum Argentino Award, Martha Baird Rockefeller and the Concert Artists Guild Awards.
Delgado is a notable and sought-after pedagogue, lecturer and teacher of master classes. He has been on piano faculties in various locations in Japan, the United States and Italy. He was a tenured Professor of Piano at California State University, Fullerton for 20 years where he established a scholarship fund for talented pianists in tribute to the renowned artist and his
personal friend, Alicia de Larrocha.
He has been a jury member of international competitions such as the William Kapell, Gina Bachauer, Vega in Japán, the second Martha Argerich Piano Competition in Buenos Aires, San Antonio International Competition, Jose Iturbi Competition, Los Angeles, and Top of the World Competition in Tromso, Norway.
Delgado has performed at the Perugia and Dino Ciano Festivals in Italy, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and the Martha Argerich Festivals in Lugano and Buenos Aires. He has performed with Martha Argerich and Gabriela Montero.
He has appeared with the Pacific Symphony and Chorale at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA., and shared recitals and recordings with tenor Jose Cura.
Eduardo Delgado was awarded the Medal of Honor by UNESCO in Buenos Aires and appointed Illustrious Citizen in his native city of Rosario. In 2015 he received the title of Emerita Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton.
During 2015, Eduardo’s performing and teaching appearances were numerous and world-wide as a partial listing demonstrates:


  • Argentina, China, Japan, Recitals and Master Classes
  • Italy, performed and taught at the Schlern International Piano Festival and Todi Music Masters Festival in Todi, Italy
  • Costa Rica, Festival de Piano Juvenil de Costa Rica, Solo Recitals and Master Classes


  • South Carolina, Southeastern Piano Festival, Columbia University
  • New Jersey, Montclair University Taubman Festival
  • California, Encore Series, La Quinta; Rancho Mirage, Orange, Fullerton

For 2016, selected listings of Delgado’s many engagements where he will be performing, lecturing, adjudicating and giving master classes are:

  • January 18, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Jury
  • January 31, Pasadena Conservatory, Master Class
  • February 7, Imperial Empire Piano Festival – Riverside, CA, Jury
  • February 10, Claremont College, Lecture Demonstration, Alberto Ginastera 100th Birthday Celebration
  • February 21, Pasadena Conservatory Mansions and Music Concerts, Fauré Piano Quartet Op. 15, Ravel
  • March 13, Cal State Fullerton, Scarlatti, Beethoven, Brahms, Ravel, Ginastera
  • April 3, Blue Skies of Texas, San Antonio, Recital
  • April 5, Music Teachers National Association Convention, San Antonio, TX., Ginastera 100th Birthday Presentation
  • June 5 – 12, San Antonio International Competition, Jury
  • July, Italy, Schlern International Music Festival, Performing and teaching
  • August 9 – 25, Italy, Todi Music Masters Festival, Performing and teaching
  • September, Argentina, Solo Recital Tour
  • October 10 – 15, Chiangmai Festival, Thailand
  • October 16, Chiangmai, Thailand, Beethoven Emperor Concerto
  • October 20, China

Some of Delgado’s recordings include:

  • The complete solo piano music of Alberto Ginastera in two volumes for MA Records in Tokyo.
  • A CD of romantic works of Schumann, Chopin and Mendelssohn, IRCO Records, Buenos Aires.
  • A CD with tenor Jose Cura for ERATO Records
  • Anhelo (Songs by Argentinian Composers), Jose Cura, tenor, Ernesto Bitetti, guitar, Eduardo Delgado, piano, Paris

Eduardo Delgado is a Steinway Artist.



Head of Executive Committee
Chaipruck Mekara (Conductor, Thailand)

mekaraChaipruck 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

Artistic Director
Atsuko Seta (Pianist, Japan)

atsukoIn 1977 Atsuko Seta graduated from the Department of Music, Piano Course, Osaka Kyoiku University. In 1978, she completed a Postgraduate Course, starting her career as a pianist, mentored by Argentine pianist Eduardo Delgado. She also studied at the International Academy Friedrich Wilhelm Schnurre in Sion, Switzerland in 1991 and has performed concertos in the country. In 1996, Atsuko won the Top prize of the Masterplayers International Music Competition in Italy. Her talent has been noticed by the president conductor Maestro Schumacher.
“This phenomenal Japanese pianist has played to standing ovations. One of the greatest pianists I have ever heard !” (Richard Schumacher)
Since 1997, she has performed in Europe every year, especially Piano Concertos with Sudety Philharmonic in Poland.
“Extraordinary technique exceptional sound and dynamic impetuous temperament” (Walbrzyski Tygodnik,Poland)

In 2003, Atsuko Seta received the Music Critic Club Prize, which is given to the most active musician in West Japan. In 2004, she received the IBLA Grand Prize Ginastera Special Award in Italy. In 2003 and 2004, she began performing piano concertos with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, the first Japanese pianist to do so.
In 2005 she visited the United States, performing in Los Angeles and New York City, giving Ginastera recitals at the Yamaha Center and at Carnegie Hall and New York University during which she performed Ginastera Sonata No.1 amongst others.
In 2006, Atsuko performed premiere Ginastera Piano Concerto No.1 with Sudecka Philharmonic in Poland.
In 2007, Grieg Piano Concerto with Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria.
In 2011, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with Osaka Doctor’s Philharmonic in Japan. In 2012, Rechmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with Tarnopol Philharmonic in Ukraine. In 2013, Solo Recital in Italy and Germany.
In 2014, Solo Recital in Holland.
In 2016, Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 with Ternopil Philharmonic in Ukraine, Ginastera Recital at Leipzig Hochschule “ Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy ” in Germany.
Since 2008, she has been living in Thailand Chiangmai with her husband, performing many Solo Recitals and Piano Concertos with CPO. Currently teaching as a guest professor at Payap University Music Department. In April 2015, she organized Japan Concert Tour with her students, this was aired on Japanese TV.
Atsuko Seta Official Website

Prize and Jury

  • 1993 Best Soloist Prize of All Japan Musician’s Association Competition<
  • 1996 Masterplayers Prize of Masterplayers International Music Competition in Italy
  • 2003 Music Critic Club Prize in Japan
  • 2004 IBLA GRAND PRIZE in Italy ”Ginastera Special Award”
  • 1996 A Jury of Classic Music Competition
  • 1997~1999 A Jury of Masterplayers International Music Competition
  • 2014 A Jury of Hong Kong International Music Competition for young pianists
  • 2016 A Jury of Chiangmai Ginastera International Music Competition




Antonio Di Cristofano (Piano, Italy)

Antonio Di CristofanoAntonio Di Cristofano completed his piano studies in 1986 at the Conservatory “L.Cherubini” in Florence, under the supervision of M° Bacchelli. He has perfected with M° Damerini.
He played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the University of Milan, Strings Orchestra “Cantelli” of Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Milano Classica Orchestra, Sinfonica Abbruzzese, Sanremo Orchestra, FVG Mittleurope Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Bucarest, Orquesta Sinfonica de l’Estado de Mexico, University Orchestra of Houston, Radiotelevision Albania Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Praga Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philarmonic, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Iasi State Philarmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Philarmonique de Montreal, Jerusalem Symphony, Slovak Filharmonie, Kaerntner Sinfonieorchester, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Orquestra do Norte, Sinfonica di Sao Paulo, Thuringen Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Euro Sinfonietta Wien and recently with La Scala Milan Orchestra, with conductors like G. Taverna, M. Bosch, M. Alsop, C. Schulz, M. Zanini, C. Olivieri-Munroe, L. Svarovsky, A. Chernushenko, M. Sieghart and many others. He played, in Italy, for the most important Festival: the “Verdi Theatre” in Florence, the “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Asolo Musica”, the Theatre of Alessandria, the “Bibbiena Theatre” in Mantova, the “Puccini Hall” at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Milan, “Politeama Theatre” in Palermo, “Auditorium San Barnaba” in Brescia, Festival Duni in Matera, etc., in Romania Enescu Festival in Bucarest, Espana (Festival de Vigo, Toledo Festival, Jeunesses Musicales de Sevilla), Mexico (Belles Artes Palacio, Revueltas Auditorium), USA (Moores Opera House of Houston, Gates Concert Hall in Denver, Washington International Piano Festival, ecc), Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir and Adana), Croatia (Dubrovnik – Rector Palace), Czech Republic (Praga – Smetana Hall and Dvorak Hall), Russia (Ciaikovsky Conservatoire), South Korea (Seoul – Leeum Auditorium), France (Nancyphonies Festival), Austria (Konzerthaus – Klagenfurt), Germany (Gasteig – Munich), Chopin Society Warsaw, Canada (Toronto – Glenn Gould Studio), Grieg Festival in Norway, Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, Shanghay and Shenzen piano festival (China), Swiss, Albania, Israel, England, Portugal, Bulgary, Ukraine, Belgium, Brasil, Serbia, Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, ecc.
He recorded cds with Velut Luna and Millenium label and recently a newone titled Encores.
In 2006 and 2007 he mades the debut in Carnegie Hall – New York and in Konzerthaus and Golden Hall MusikVerein in Wien. He is often invited as a judge in international Piano Competition (Compositores de Espana – Madrid, Varallo, Cantù, Osijek, Gante – Pordenone, Parigi, Viardo – Belmont, Rachmaninov – Moscow, Iturbi – Valencia, Parnassos – Monterrey, Astana Merei International Competition -Astana, Baltic piano Competition -Gdansk, Bajic Memorial -Novi Sad, Hong Kong International Young Pianist Competition, Nordic Piano Competition – Malmoe, Mozart Piano Competition – Aachen, Louisiana Piano Competition, ecc) and to teach in Ciaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Valencia Conservatory, in the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, in Shanghay, Xiamen and Ningbo Conservatory in China, in the SMC Academy in Seoul, In Valletta International Piano Festival, in Sofia Conservatory, in Thessaloniki Conservatory, in The Orpheus Academy in Wien and in many USA University.
He received the Paul Harrys Fellows from Rotary Club. He is Guest Professor at the Xiamen Conservatory in China and in the Summer Academy Orpheus in Wien.

Antonio Di Cristofano Facebook / Website



Voytek Soko (Tenor, Poland )

Voytek SokoRepresentant of the young generation of dramatic tenors.

Studied Vocal Faculty at the Academy of Music in Poznań. Graduate of the Academy of Arts in Łódź (Materials & Clothing Faculty) and the State School of Music in Wałbrzych (saxophone class).

During the second year of study he made his debut in opera Candide by L. Berstein in Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy. He also performed this role in premiere shows in Teatro Alghieri (Ravenna), Teatro Goldoni (Livorno), Teatro Verdi (Pisa) and in the Grand Theater in Poznań. For his role in Candide he was awarded with Jan Kiepura prize in category ‘The Best Debut of 2010 in Polish Opera’.
In 2011 he was invited to perform a concert version of his part in opera Candide in Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo (Sicilia) with the acompaniament of Orchestra Synfonica Syciliana.

In 2011 he was invited to perform a concert in Witold Lutosławski Studio S1 which was transmited live by the First Program of the Polish Radio. Since 2012 he has been working as a solist in polish filharmonies and theaters performing recitals, operas and oratorios.

In 2013 he performed as Robinson Crusoe in polish premiere of J. Offenbachs Robinson Crusoe. In the same year he won prestigious international contest – the XV Grand Tenor Competition – organized by Opera na Zamku in Szczecin.

His solo career began in 2015 – as a solist he performed some of the most famous tenor arias in almost all polish philharmonies and on varoius stages in Chicago (USA), Toronto (Canada), Baden-Baden (Germany). In 2016 he was invited as a jury during International Music Competition in Chang Mai (Tailand).

During the same year the won a Tenor Competition organized by Mazowiecki Teatr Muzyczny in Warsaw for the second time. He also performed during many international festivals as a solist and concert director. He is an independent artist. Besides his solo career he works as a producer for ‘Opera Night Group’ and he co-operates with a group ‘Tre-Voci – Tenors’.

His repertoire includes mulitple pieces and roles, such as:
Cavaradossi – Tosca G.Puccini, Maurizio – Adriana Lecouvreur F.Cilea, Herman – Pique Dame P.Tchaikovsky, Lensky – Eugen Oniegin P.Tchaikovsky, Alfred – Traviata G.Verdi, Macduff, Macbeth oraz Requiem G.Verdi, Don Jose – Carmen G.Bizet, Stefan – Straszny dwór S.Moniuszko, Requiem W.A.Mozart, Magnificat J.S.Bach, Stabat Mater A.Dvorak



Agnieszka Sokolnicka (Soprano, Poland )

Agnieszka SokolnickaAgnieszka Sokolnicka began her music education at the age of 7, studying in violin class in S.Moniuszko Public Elementary Music School in Wałbrzych. In 2003, as violinist, she graduated with diploma from S.Moniuszko Music High School in Wałbrzych. In 2009 she graduated from Voice Department of I.J.Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań (solo singing – class of prof. Ewa Wójciak-Wdowicka). In 2010 she was employed in Opernelitestudio in Staatstheater Lübeck and continued education in Musikhochschule Lübeck in class of prof. Anke Eggers.

Season 2010/11
She debuted in Staatstheater Lübeck, in Opernelitestudio as Sandmännchen, Taumännchen in ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ by E.Humperdinck, conducted by Philippe Bach and also as Helena in „Mefistofele” by A. Boito, conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti. She performed in the Grand Theater in Poznań as Barbarina in „Le nozze di Figaro” by W.A.Mozart, conducted by either Francesco Botiglieri, Agnieszka Nagórka or Zbigniew Graca. She debuted as Paquett in opera ‘Candide’ by L.Bernstein. She performed that part in multiple Italian theaters, such as: Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna ,Teatro Verdi in Pisa (with Florence Symphony Orchestra) and in Teatro Politeama Garibaldi in Palermo (with L’Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, conducted by Elio Boncompagni, directed by Michał Znaniecki). In Wałbrzych she performed ‘Requiem d-moll’ by W.A.Mozart with Sudet Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jerzy Kosek. She performed a recital of songs by R. Strauss in H.Wieniawski Theatre in Szczawno–Zdrój with accompaniment of pianist Joanna Zaremba.
Season 2012
She performed the role of Bronislava in ‘Der Bettelstudent’ by C.Millöcker in Staatstheater in Braunschweig and during the Kammeroper Schloss International Festival in Rheinsberg, both conducted by Georg Menskens. She also performed during Opera Galas, singing most famous arias and duets with accompaniment of Branderburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt conducted by Heribert Beissel.
Season 2013/2014
She performed the role of Susann in comic opera ‘Robinson Crusoe’ by J.Offenbach, conducted by Piotr Deptuch and directed by Martin Ottava in Opera in Szczecin. She also performed with her husband – Wojciech Sokolnicki – during an Opera Gala in Sudet Philharmony, conducted by Warcisław Kunc. During solo recital in Zamek Książ in Wałbrzych she performed selected songs by R.Strauss accompanied by Japanese pianist Atsuko Seta.
Season 2015/2016
She debuted as Hanna in ‘Straszny Dwór’ by S.Moniuszko, conducted by P.Wajrak, directed by Krystyna Janda in the Grand Theatre in Łódź. She performed at the Operetta Gala in Kraków with Polish operetta star – Grażyna Brodzińska with Cracow Young Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tomasz Chmiel. She also took part in several New Year Galas performing arias, duets and tercets with accompaniment of Sudet Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jerzy Kosek and Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bohdan Jarmułowicz.
Season 2016/2017
She debuted as Musetta in “La Boheme” G.Puccini at the Baltic Opera in Gdansk.She debuted as Frasquita in “Carmen” G.Bizet in Opera in Szczecin.
She successfully performs various cantatas, oratorios and early vocal music parts.


Minzhe Wu (Cello, China )

Minzhe WuShanghai Philharmonic Orchestra – Cello Principal

Born in 1982 in Shanghai, Minzhe Wu started to learn piano since 3 years old, and learnt from pianists Yu Wang and Professor Yiqi Sheng. At the age of 10, he changed to study cello with cello teacher Yingrong Lin. In 1996, he was enrolled into middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he won second prize of National Teenager Cello Competition. Later, Minzhe was admitted to Canadian Music Bridge Summer CAMP with excellent score, and went to Canada for music exchange. At the same time, he was cello principal in orchestra of middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Minzhe once performed with the orchestra for Europe tour and gained wider acceptance. In 1998, he got into China First Cello Orchestra and went to Switzerland for further study, with the orchestra, he had tours in China, Germany, France and so on.

In 2000, Minzhe entered Shanghai Conservatory of Music with honour. Under the guidance of cellist Min Cao, he gained great improvement. In the second year, he was enrolled into Asian Youth Orchestra as Cello Principal. In the meantime, together with young talented musicians Zhijiong Wang and Mengla Huang, Minzhe formed Shanghai New Music Ensemble specialising in studying and playing contemporary works from home and abroad. They had performed in Hong Kong and many places in Europe, acquired much accomplishment.

Minzhe joined Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2004. With diligent pursuit in the art and excelsior skills in performance, he was appointed Cello Principal in 2010. As a soloist, he has played Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, and Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in E-flat Major, and his performance in the concerts were well received by the comments and audience.

In January 2009, Minzhe was invited to attend cultural exchange performance in Antwerp, Belgium with Shanghai Municipal Culture, Radio, and Television Authority. In Feburary, 2013, Minzhe was honoured to be invited to have concert in Vienna Musikverein with Munich Symphony Orchestra as guest principal. Recentlly, Minzhe is member of Cello Specialized Committee. In 2016, as cello principal of Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Minzhe went to Philadelphia, and participated in rehearsals of Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In addition, Minzhe also played a chamber music concert in Saratoga with musicians of Philadelphia Orchestra which was a great success.


Pham Truong Son (Violin, Vietnam)

Pham Truong Son
Winner of the first prize in the Chamber Music category at the Vietnam National Music Competition “Autumn” in 1993, violinist Pham Truong Son obtained his Master of Music degree from the Vietnam National Academy of Music under the tutelages of Dr. Do Xuan Tung and Professor Ngo Van Thanh. From 2009 to 2013 he studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. In 2014 he studied chamber music with Professor Edward Schmieder of iPalpiti International and concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Martin Chalifour in 2014. He also studied with Nobuko Imai, world leading violist.

A prolific performer, Mr. Son has performed in Suntory Hall and Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan, Leo Frankel Concert Hall in Bervelly Hills, USA and number of concert halls in Europe, China, Indonesia, and Thailand. He has appeared as a soloist with the Hanoi String Orchestra and Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra in 1993 and 1994 and has served as co-concertmaster/principle second of the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra since its inaugural season in 1997.

In 2009, Mr. Son founded Song Hong Chamber Music and it has now become one of the leading chamber ensembles in Vietnam. Song Hong has given hundreds of concerts in most of the major cities in Vietnam and went on several tours in Thailand, China, Indonesia and the United States.

Mr. Son is currently on the violin faculty of the Vietnam National Academy of Music and head of the Chamber Music program of the String department here. He has served on the jury of the Thailand Mozart String Competition in 2011, He has judged and performed at the International Music Festival and Competition in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2016.



Daniel Pittman, D.M.A. (Conductor, USA)

DanielPittman150Daniel Pittman’s career has reached across four decades of service to various universities in the United States. His concluding affiliation was sixteen years at Georgia Southern University where he was a fully tenured Professor Music, Director of Bands, and Interim Director of the University’s Center for International Studies. With a commitment to internationalism, he led the University’s innovative Studies Abroad Program in Music, combining European concert tours by the performing ensembles with academic music instruction offered in overseas locations in its European Academic Residency. Additional to engagements throughout the U.S., Dr. Pittman has conducted ensembles and notable performances in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Australia, and Thailand. Most recently, Dr. Pittman was a recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant for academic service to Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Daniel Pittman now resides in Chiang Mai where he has guest conducted with the Chiang Mai Youth Philharmonic Band and Orchestra Foundation and continues to offer consultation and support for the growth and expansion of musical arts in the city and province.


Alessio Monti (Guitar, Italy)

AlessioMontiAlessio Monti, guitarist and composer, began his first musical experiences in 1966, playing electric guitar in some famous pop Italian groups and writing many songs against the war.
Some years later, after his “rock experience”, he started to study classical guitar, and in 1983 he completed his formal studies in music at the L. Cherubini Conservatory of Florence, obtaining the diploma with the highest marks and honour. Extensive touring of the Orient has greatly influenced Alessio’s style and his research of Eastern philosophy leaves an indelible mark on the
 composer’s consciousness and music explorations.
His style is extremely innovative and will be of great interest to lovers of many genres, from minimalist to jazz, to Eastern and Western classical traditions. Alessio has truly penetrated a creative space within himself that reframes what can be done with guitar.
He is involved in intense artistic activity, participating in the most noteworthy international orchestras and festivals throughout all the Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, with rave reviews from audience and press alike.
He has been invited to live record for many Radio and Television broadcasting
 in many countries.

Often is invited to be part of the Jury of many International Guitar Competitions.

Alessio’s ingenuity has him in high demand for teaching master classes, workshops and conferences abroad and in his native Italy.
The compositions on all 25 Alessio’s CDs, feature sitar, flute, clarinet, soprano sax, violin viola, violoncello, contrabass, percussion and electronic devices
as well as solo guitar.

His biography with some of his works and his recording are now included in the “Encyclopaedia of the contemporary composers”, edited in Italy by Pagano Editor.
Actually he lives in Thailand and teaches at Music College of Payap University in Chiang Mai.

He just composed the background music on the Italian translation of “Bhagavad Gita”, the holy Hindu book that will be published in three Cd (acting and music) by “Esotheric Librairy” in Milan, Italy.


Preliminary Audition

Chiang Mai Audition Judges
Annette George (Flute, USA )

Annette GeorgeMiss Annette George was born and raised in Indiana, USA. She began playing flute at age 8 and followed a music education path from that time. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, (both Music Education and Music Therapy) at the University of Georgia and then worked as a music therapist in North Carolina. During her years working as a music therapist, she also earned a Master’s degree in Special Education at North Carolina State University.
Aj. Annette came to Thailand in 1991 and has been in ChiangMai ever since that time, teaching at Payap University’s College of Music. She has taught private lessons on all the woodwind instruments, Introduction to Music Therapy, Introduction to Woodwinds, Western Music Literature (Master’s level), and various ensemble classes and English classes.


Krit Mekara(Violin, Thailand)

KritKrit mekara was born in Chiang Mai. He began studying violin with Assistant Professor Sompong Wongdee and Mr.Samuck Kajaikum. After high school; he continued studying music at Payap University where he studied violin with Assistant Professor Sompong Wongdee and Mr.Pana Nackwatchara. During that time he passed Trinity College of music violin grade 8 with Merit. Krit used to be member of Kad Youth Orchestra, Chiang Mai String Ensemble as well as Payap Symphony Orchestra’s Concert Master. After graduated from Payap Univesrsity, he taught violin at Payap music school and private student.
Krit received his Master degree in Violin performance from the College of music, Mahidol University, where he studied violin with Mr. Juris Madrevich and Mr. Sittichai phengcharoen. During he studied he was a member of Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO), Chiang mai Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and make the recordings included film music.
Krit is now a concert master of Chiangmai Symphony Orchestra. He also a part time teacher for Chiang rai Rajaphat University, Substitute teacher at Chiang mai international School and Pik’s studio (his own studio).


Jakaphan Chaiya (Trumpet, Thailand)

Jakaphan ChaiyaJakaphan Chaiya was born on 2 April 1982. He started his musical life when he was 12 in the school band at the Prince Royal’s College, Chiang Mai. He selected to play trumpet until he completed his high school. Jakaphan decided to continued his study in music at the College of Music, Payap University. He took trumpet lesson with Aj. Yuttapon Suktumjareon, Aj Sompong Wongdee, Dr. Thorsten Wollmann and Dr. George H. Mc Dow. Jakaphan finished the Bachelor degree in 2003. He continued his education in master degree, trumpet performance at College of Music, Mahidol University, where he took trumpet lesson with Aj.David Heart, Dr. James Sherry and Dr. Joseph L. Bowman. He finished his MM in 2007, Jakaphan started teaching as a trumpet instructor at College of Music, Payap University. He is now pursuing his doctoral degree in music performance and pedagogy at College of Music, Mahidol University. Jakaphan has performed in several conferences and ensembles, such as Thailand International Trumpet Seminar 2012, as a soloist with Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra, and perform in Thailand Brass and Percussion Conference 2009 and 2014 at College of Music, Mahidol University. He also joined in competition for the World Choir Games at Cincinnati, performed with trumpet ensemble in the International Trumpet Guild 2007 and 2011 in USA, and performed in brass quintet for the Galyanivadhana Institute of Music Concert 2009. Jakaphan was a member of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006-2007. He also was holding the Principal Trumpet position of the Chiang Mai Philharmonic Band and Chiang Mai Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2013.


Bangkok Audition Judges

Eri Nakagawa (Piano, Japan )

Eri NakagawaEri Nakagawa, a native of Osaka, Japan, has been on the piano faculty of College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand since 1995. Previously to her appointment at Mahidol she was Assistant Professor of Music Performance at Ball State University, Indiana, USA.
She graduated from Osaka Kyoiku University and continued with her postgraduate studies at Mukogawa Women’s University in Japan. She completed her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in piano performance at Ball State University. Among her principal teachers were Koji Tanaka and the late Naoyuki Inoue, Mitchell Andrews and Pia Sebastiani.
She has been invited as a guest pianist and professor at the University of Northern Colorado in USA, Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, Corfu Festival in Greece, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Moulin d’Andé International Masterclasses in Normandy, France, Piano Plus Festival in Corfu, Greece, etc. She has performed concertos with numerous orchestras. She has been a frequent soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. She also enjoys working as a collaborative pianist and accompanist with distinguished musicians in Thailand and abroad.
Many of her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions, and have received scholarships in prestigious schools such as Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, the University Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music in UK, Oberlin College in USA, etc. She received the Trinity Guildhall Award for Excellence in Music Teaching in 2010 and the Teaching Award in the 13th Chopin International Piano Competition in ASIA in 2013.



Bakhtiyor Allaberganov (Piano, Uzbekistan)

Bakhtiyor AllaberganovBorn to a musical family (his father was a renowned traditional Uzbek Makom singer), Mr. Bakhtiyor Allaberganov started piano studies at the Special Music School for gifted children in Khorezm region, and shortly thereafter won the Young Pianist Competition of Uzbekistan. Later on he again won recognition in the International Piano Competition in Ashgabad, Turkmanistan. Mr. Allaberganov holds diplomas from the Tashkent State Conservatoire where he fulfilled his college and graduate studies as piano performer, piano teacher, chamber music major, concertmaster. Mr. Allaberganov has participated in several festivals and competitions such as the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and the International Piano Competition in Sao-Paulo, Brazil in 2001. His experience as a piano teacher and collaborative pianist is extensive, having been staff accompanist at several musical institutions such as the Tashkent state Conservatoire,, the Mannon Uygur Tashkent State Institute of Arts and the The Glier Republican Music Academic Lyceum, as well as an assistant director and staff accompanist at the College for Stage and Circus Performers. Mr. Allaberganov has supported and coached numerous singers and string players through recitals and competitions in the former Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, as well as in Thailand. His main teachers have been Sarimsakova Rimma, Ofelia Yusupova, Marat Gumarov, and Nargiz Polatkhanova. Currently, Mr Allaberganov is a piano teacher at Mahidol University College of Music and a member of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.

Irina Novikova (Piano, Russia)

Irina NovikovaIrina Novikova was an deputy director of the Svelanov Music School Moscow for 10 years before taking a position as the Head of Keyboard at Shrewsbury International School (2010-present). She gained the highest qualifications as a piano teacher from the Ministry of Music and Culture in Moscow. Russia and recently received the Doctoral degree. She has taught and played at the very prestigious Annual Philharmonic Society concerts in Moscow and has conducted many masterclasses for talented pianists around the world. Adding to Ms. Irina’s credits are numerous “Excellent Teacher” Awards, which were presented to her at the “Osaka International Music Competition Committee” (2013), “Yokohama Music Competition “(2014), “Hong Kong International Music Competition”(2013, 2014, 2018), “AADGT Music Competition “ in New York (2012-2018), “Trinity Teacher Award”(2013, 2015, 2016), and “ABRSM Teacher Award”(2014, 2015, 2017), Spivakov Charity Foundation (2007-2017), New Name Charity Foundation (2010) in Russia, and South East Asia Steinway Piano Competition (2014, 2016).
She is a dedicated teacher who always strives to bring out the best in her students; many of her students have received top prizes at international piano competitions. Several of her students have appeared on television in several countries, as well as playing in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (New York), Kremlin (Moscow), Russian Conservatory of Music (Moscow), Young Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore) and Konservatorium Wein (Austria). In addition her student recently enters KNS Classical with a debut album, “Bangkok Recital”, at the youngest age of 14.



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