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6 Hands and 1 Piano

The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai to honor HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana


6 Hands and 1 Piano

(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 delight.

The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai to honor HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana

The Friends of Music Making in Chiang Mai are offering a concert on Friday May 6th at 7.30pm. This date was the birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana and the concert is dedicated to her memory.

This unique and singular recital will feature three of Thailand’s most professional and prestigious musicians who will play one work which will last approximately 50 minutes Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor Opus 50 with Indhuon Srikaranonda on the piano, Tasana Nagavajara on the violin and Ekachai Maskulrat on the violoncello.

Reservations are required and will not be taken after April 19For any further information or for guests and non-members wishing to enquire about availability of seats at 400 baht for this performance, please contact JP on 084 868 1017; email: kirk[email protected] Venue to be announced.