Mahidol guitar student Chinnawat Themkumkwun wins 1st prize at the 2016 Taiwan International Guitar Competition
On August 12, 2016, Chinnawat Themkumkwun, Year 4 guitar student of Dr. Paul Cesarczyk, Chair of the Classical Guitar Department at Mahidol University’s College of Music, won the 1st prize at the 2016 Taiwan International Guitar Festival and Competition (TIGF). The festival and competition took place at the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. Held every two years, TIGF is one of the largest and most important major classical guitar events in Asia. Past winners of the competition are some of the most recognized young classical guitarists in the world today.
The festival took place between August 6-14, over three rounds and featured high level competitors from many nationalities. The result of the competition was as follows:
1st Prize: Chinnawat Themkumkwun (Thailand)
2nd Prize: You Wu (China)
3rd Prize: Francesco Molmenti (Italy)
Finalists : Isana Akita (Japan), Wei Lee (Taiwan), Tenghuan Hong (China)
Competition jury members included an international group of acclaimed concert recitalists: Shin-ichi Fukuda (Japan), Berta Rojas (Paraguay), Marcin Dylla (Poland), Leonardo Bravo (Argentina), Shih-yu Liu (Taiwan), Jérémy Jouve (France), Yasuji Ohagi (Japan), and Yi-Fang Ko (Taiwan)
Competitors were required to perform four compulsory pieces and more than 30 minutes of free choice repertoire. Chinnawat performed works by Bach, Sor, Coste, Paganini, Ponce, Tansman and Koshkin.
The prizes at the TIGF are among the most valuable in international guitar competitions. Chinnawat received 8000USD in cash, a handmade special model guitar by Masaki Sakurai valued at 7000USD, a hard case by Aranjuez, strings from Savarez, a trophy and diploma.