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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
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.
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