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Dr. Thaya Kongpakpaisarn
Piano & Associate Director

Dr. Kongpakpaisarn enrolled into the Mahidol University Pre-College Program under Dr. Nopanand Chanorathaikul at the age of 15. He subsequently completed his BM and MM in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of triple-prize Van Cliburn winner Barry Snyder and DM from Florida State University with Read Gainsford and Joel Hastings.

A native of Thailand, pianist Thaya Kongpakpaisarn is active as a recitalist, a chamber musician and an educator.

Amongst other awards, he is the First Prize winner of the Chapman/Neeson Piano Competition in Tallahassee, Florida, the Thailand Mozart International Piano Competition, the Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition (in which he also won the Mazurka Prize and the Nocturne Prize), and the National Beethoven Piano Competition in Bangkok. At age 17, Thaya gave his debut recital at the Beethovenfest in Bonn, Germany. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Salaya Modern Ensemble and the Kasetsart University Orchestra and played in numerous masterclasses with renowned artists such as Jerome Lowenthal, Andrze Jasinski, Rebecca Penneys, Stephen Hough, Boris Berman, Ian Hobson and James Giles.

An experienced collaborative pianist, Dr. Kongpakpaisarn was a Graduate Assistant in Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music from 2013-2015. A proponent of contemporary music, he is a founding member of the Florida-based Cosmos New Music, which is dedicated to performing and commissioning diverse works by living composers. Cosmos New Music won the FSU Chamber Music Competition and was invited to give a full recital at Carnegie Hall, New York in 2018. Dr. Kongpakpaisarn has also been invited to perform in the Thailand International Composition Festival since 2015.

An avid educator, Dr. Kongpakpaisarn taught and performed at the Florida State University Summer Music Camp and served on the jury for the Kids Go for B'aroque Competition in Tallahassee. He studied with his mentor Robert Durso and specializes in the healthy pedagogical method known as the Taubman Approach.

He currently serves as the Associate Director and a piano faculty member at Prime Music Institute.