(From left) Nicolas Collinet, Jonas Dept, and Matthieu Normand show their
skill and cooperation playing pieces for 3 people on one piano
By Shana Kongmun
When I was a little girl I used to love watching my mother play the piano. A
classically trained pianist, she played regularly and I delighted in the
music she could make as her hands flew over the piano keys.
That same sense of wonderment overcame me and brought a small tear to my eye
when I listened to three talented young men play, separately and together,
beautiful and moving pieces from Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Rossini and more.
Each one in turn was a delight to listen to as the love they felt for the
music was clear. But it was when the three of them sat together and played,
all 6 hands on one piano, that the sense of joy and fun came bubbling out
along with the music.
Nicolas Collinet and Mattieu Normand are friends of Chiang Mai resident
Jonas Dept and it was to Chiang Mai’s great benefit that they came to play
here, Thursday, April 7 at the AUA and then Friday, April 8 at Sangdee
Gallery, to a full house of appreciative listeners.
All three men have impeccable resumes. Nicolas Collinet started the piano at
the age of 9 and attended the National Conservatory of the Region of
Marseille where he received First Prize in Chamber Music, First in Piano and
the Rotary Prize. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of
Brussels where he received his Master’s Degree in Piano.
Matthieu Normand studied at the Conservatory in Reims then at the
Conservatory (CRR) of Boulogne where he also studied jazz and improvisation.
He was awarded First Prize in Piano and obtained a French Master’s Degree in
Musicology. He moved to Brussels where he earned a Master’s Degree in Piano.
Marisa Marchitelli and Jonas Dept join the owner of Sangdee Gallery (center)
Po Garden for the show on Friday night.
Jonas Dept started playing
the piano at the age of 6, he studied at the Higher Institute for Music and
Pedagogy where he earned a First Prize in piano, music theory, and ensemble.
He took his Master’s at the Conservatory of Brussels. He moved to Chiang Mai
in 2007 where he has lived since then. Fortunately, he retained his
friendship with Nicolas and when the two friends made the trip from Belgium,
Jonas was their first stop much to the luck of Chiang Mai.
The music was grand indeed, and the performances beautiful, but it was the
joy and fun these men had in playing together that was the highlight of the
evening and it left me and all others who witnessed it with a sense of