Onpavee Nitisingkarin, is a native of Thailand, where she received her undergraduate degree in piano performance at College of Music, Mahidol University. After completed her Bachelor Degree, she attended WVU for her Master’s and Doctorate in piano performance under Prof. Dr. Peter Amstutz. Her dissertation focuses on the topic of “Composers as Parents: Selected Twentieth-century Piano Works Written by Fathers for Their Children.
Dr. Nitisingkarin is a certified Orff Schulwerk teacher from Goerge Mason University, Music Rhapsody Certified, and also in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certification program at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. She was awarded scholarships from the Valerie Canady Charitable Trust Foundation in 2011. Onpavee also appears in numerous concerts as well as several piano competition venue. She was WVU Young Artist concerto winner in 2012 and was selected to perform with WVU Symphony Orchestra. Moreover, she was also semi- finalist in the 3rd Intersection of Classical and Jazz Piano Festival at WVU. In February 2017, Onpavee was invited to perform the King Composition in “Concert in Remembrance of H.M. the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej” at Mater Dei School, Bangkok.
Besides being an active learner and performer, Dr. Onpavee also an experienced piano teacher. She starts teaching piano since 2000 in Bangkok, Thailand. Before relocated back in Bangkok, Onpavee was a senior piano instructor in WVU CMP program teaching piano, Eurhythmics (music and movement 1 and 2), Explore and Enjoy classes for toddlers. She was also a piano faculty at Washington and Jefferson College as well as at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Pennsylvania. Onpavee also conducted Eurhythmics workshop in the 3rd Intersection of Classical and Jazz Piano Festival at WVU as well as Toddlers class to the WV Early Head Start program in 2014. Additionally, she also served as a Vice President of West Virginia Collegiate Chapter of Music Teacher National Association in 2014 and also held the Trophy Chair position of West Virginia Music Teacher Association from 2014-2016. In November 2017, Onpavee was invited to lead a workshop presentation on the topic of “Nurturing Musical Abilities: A Creative Movement in Piano Lessons” at the 2017 Piano Pedagogy Conference, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as at the SWU Piano Festival II. In November 2019, she was also invited to conduct a masterclass for piano students at Kyungsung University, Busan, South Korea.
Onpavee has also served as a jury member in several piano competitions and festivals. Recently, she was a jury member for SET Youth Music Competition, Osaka International Music Competition (Bangkok regional round), the 3rd and 4th (2019) Singapore International Youth Piano Competition, and the 2nd Hong Kong International Music Competition for Young Pianists 2019, ClassicOn International Piano Competition 2019, Seoul, South Korea, And recently Online Popular Piano Competition and Music@e-Contest in 2020. Additionally, she also joined as an artist faculty at MusicFest Perugia 2018 in Italy. Currently, she serves as an Asst. Dean for Educational Services, Chair of Piano Department, Director of the Thailand International Piano Competition (TIPC), and a piano instructor at College of Music, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is also an Artistic Director and a founder of Amstutz Music School, Bangkok, Thailand.
2005-College of Music, Mahidol University-Bachelor of Arts (Piano Performance)
2009-College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University -Master of Music in Piano Performance
2015-College of Creative Arts, West Virginia University -Master of Music in Piano Performance