Acclaimed Thai pianist to perform Grieg

Under The Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana Rajakanya, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation presents the special concert "Graceful Grieg -- Beautiful Brahms" in the Main Hall of the Thailand Cultural Centre on Feb 22 at 8pm, directed by visiting German conductor Golo Berg.

Weber's magnificently entertaining Oberon overture will begin this evening of Romantic period music. Thai pianist Natnaree "Belle" Suwanpotipra will then perform a staple of the repertoire, Grieg's evergreen Piano Concerto In A Minor.

Golo Berg. RBSO

Dividing her time between Maryland and Bangkok, Belle is an active pianist in both performing and teaching. She gave her first debut at Carnegie Hall, New York City in 2014, after winning second place in the American Protégé International Romantic Music Competition. She has performed with chamber groups such as The Piano Quintet 18 and Subito Trio, as well as a soloist with various orchestras including the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra (SAYOWE) and the Bangkok Charity Orchestra. A native of Thailand, Belle is currently pursuing her doctorate of musical arts in piano performance at the University of Maryland, under Dr Larissa Dedova. She is also the school's class piano coordinator and a teaching assistant. She received her master's in piano performance at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in 2018. Belle is a faculty member at Levine Music in Washington, DC.

Natnaree 'Belle' Suwanpotipra. photos courtesy of RBSO

Brahms' Symphony No.3 In F Major will then be interpreted by Golo Berg. Born in Weimar, Germany, this particularly rounded musician obtained his musical foundations in his hometown with renowned conductor-pedagogue Prof Gunter Kahlert. Specialised master classes allowed him to study with Lorin Maazel, Luciano Berio, Lothar Zagrosek, Rudolf Barschai and Dmitri Kitajenko and other famous contemporary musicians.


Tickets are 300, 700, 900, 1,000 and 1,500 baht, available via thaiticketmajor.com. Call 02-255-6617/8, 02-255-9191/2, or visit rbsothailand.com or facebook/royalbangkoksymphony for more information.