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Update February 22, 2016

Silapakorn University String Orchestra delights at Rachamankha Hotel concert

Tasana Nagavajara performs in the Allegro from the Spring Concerto Number 1 in Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

By Shana Kongmun
Led by famed violinist and conductor Tasana Nagavajara the Silapakorn University String Orchestra wowed the audience at an intimate concert held at Rachamankha Hotel on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The orchestra then performed at Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts on Sunday, February 21 for a larger audience to appreciate their skill and talent.

The Silapakorn String Orchestra was led by Tasana Nagavajara at the performance at Rachamankha Hotel on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

The first half saw the string orchestra perform The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. The delight began with Tasana Nagavajara’s brilliant performance leading the orchestra through Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, giving everyone the feeling of the changing of the seasons. In a concert that was filled with amazing performances it was hard to believe that these are actually students and not seasoned professionals like their maestro, Ajarn Tasana.

M and M Productions is led by Donjai Srivichainanda (left) and Marisa Marchitelli (right) and dedicated to bringing top quality performers to Chiang Mai such as the concerts put on by the Silapakorn String Orchestra on February 20 and 21, 2016.

The second half saw Tasana take the podium and first chair violin Eacharach Jansang and first chair viola Yuwadee Kanchanasatit were stellar in their performances while the double bassists had a great time in the second half performing Plink, Plank, Plunk. Harpischordist Thinnarat Meethongkum took her turn at a vintage typewriter for The Typewriter in which she typed along with the musicians.

The wonderful performance was enhanced by the acoustics that filled the space at Rachamankha and surrounded the listeners with the wonderful sounds of violins, violas, cellos and double bass. M and M Productions once again raised the standards for performances, bringing true the fact that Chiang Mai is the cultural capital of the North.

Update February 8, 2016

Daniela Mineva Piano Recital on March 14

Bulgarian born pianist Daniela Mineva will be performing works by Debussy at the AUA Language Center Auditorium on March 14 at 7 p.m.

American based pianist Daniela Mineva will be performing at the AUA Language Center Auditorium on March 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. in a program in cooperation with D & M Music Studio and the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University.

Hailed by critics as a “vibrant and expressive performer who could steal the show in every concert” (New York Times) and “energetic and lively pianist who displaces power and delicacy in nuanced sensitivity along with virtuoso technique” (The Baltimore Sun)

Ms. Mineva has won prizes from numerous international and national competitions including the 2007 Jean Francaix piano competition in Paris, France, the 1998 Steinway International Piano Competition, the International Competition " Music and the Earth " Sofia, Bulgaria.

Her orchestral engagements and solo recitals included the most prestige venues in Bulgaria, USA, Italy, France, Russia, Germany and China. Together with violinist partner Bin Huang, after series of chamber music concerts in USA and China.

As a devoted teacher and educator Dr. Mineva has taught at Eastman School of Music, Concordia University- Chicago, University of North Texas, Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, Hochstein School of music- Rochester, NY, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp- Michigan. Currently, she is Assistant Piano Professor and Director of Keyboard Studies at Humboldt State University, California.

Born in Bulgaria, she began piano lessons at the age of five with her mother as her first teacher. Daniela graduated from Sofia Music Academy with the Bachelor of Music degree and the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Choral Conducting. She also holds the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. Her impressive list of honors includes also Artist Certificate from Northwestern University and the Doctor of Music Arts degree and the Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her principal teachers include Natalya Antonova, Ursula Oppens, Pamela Mia Paul, Geni Zacharieva and Julia Girginova.

She will be performing works by Debussy. Tickets are priced at 500 and 200 baht for students and are available at the door or by advance booking at 081-682-8000.

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Silapakorn University String Orchestra delights at Rachamankha Hotel concert

Daniela Mineva Piano Recital on March 14