The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) is under the patronage of the Royal Thai Government and is part of the Mahidol University College of Music. The mission of the TPO is to enrich the life of the country as it inspires, entertains and educates a wide and diverse audience with the unique experience of live symphonic music, ensuring that future generations will continue to enjoy this legacy that so magnificently celebrates the human spirit. Moreover, the TPO aims to achieve a reputation for excellent music performance through concerts, recordings and cooperation with acclaimed soloists and conductors.
For the past 9 seasons, TPO has been devoted to performing music of all styles and genres from western orchestral repertoire to Asian and ethnic Thai music. Furthermore, the TPO regularly commissions new works from prominent national and international composers.
Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra is grateful for the ongoing generous support of its patrons and sponsors. The orchestra has a singular commitment to work together with anyone who shares in its vision: bringing high quality musical performances to Thailand.
History of The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO)
The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO) gave its inaugural performance at the Royal Thailand Navy Auditorium on 23rd June 2005, in a gala concert for the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Over its first 8 seasons the TPO has consistently impressed and inspired audiences with its excellent performances. Many highly regarded conductors have led the TPO including Gudni Emilsson, Claude Villaret, Alfonso Scarano, Leo Phillips, Michalis Economou, Jeannine Wagnar, Dariusz Mikulski, Ligia Amadio, Terje Mikkelsen, Alkis Baltas, Prateep Supanrojn, and Jeffrey Meyer.
Soloists from around the world regularly join the TPO for performances and have praised the orchestra for its growth and development in such a short period of time. Those guests have included Jens Lindemann, Eri Nakagawa, Lambis Vassiliadis, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexandros Economou, Tomas Strasil, Reinhold Friedrich, Cristina Bojin, Karina Di Virgilio, Mischa Maisky, Yoon Jin Kim, Jura Margulis, Christopher Espenschied, Dimitry Ashkenazy, Ara Malikian, Serouj Kradjian, Robyn Schulkowsky, Lucia Aliberti, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, Peter Bruns, Tapalin Charoensook, Ekachai Jearakul, Shyen Lee, Aiman Mussakhajayeve, Sek Thongsuwan, Henri Bok, and Otto Schilli among others.
The first International appearance by TPO occurred in October 2009 when the Japanese Association of Orchestras extended the invitation to perform at the Asian Orchestras Festival in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. In the same year the Royal Thai Government invited TPO to play at the gala concert for the 15th ASEAN Summit held in Cha-Am in front of 10 Prime Ministers from the 10 ASEAN countries and six from China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. TPO has continued its international touring with concerts in Tokyo, Japan and Auckland, New Zealand in 2012, and Vientiane, Laos in 2013.
On September 29, 2010, TPO had the distinct honor to give a command performance for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at the Royal Medical College Auditorium, Siriraj Hospital. In the concert, the TPO paid tribute to His Majesty’s considerable musical talent. The concert served to honour the occasion of the 37th Anniversary of a special concert that His Majesty played for students at the Royal Medical College’s auditorium on September 29, 1973.
TPO regularly performs for major national events for the Royal Thai Government, the most recent being to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 84th Birthday Celebration Concert on December 3rd, 2011 at Sanam Luang in downtown Bangkok.
The current 2013-2014 season is Gudni Emilsson’s nineth season as Chief Conductor of the TPO. He continues the work of attracting a loyal and appreciative following in Thailand, while helping the TPO to build a reputation for performing excellence. Its annual schedule of more than 60 performances draws from over three centuries of orchestral repertoire as well as chamber, contemporary and specially-commissioned new music.
The TPO is proud to have the patronage of the Royal Thai Government and Mahidol University and enjoys a burgeoning multicultural tradition. The 90-member symphony orchestra is made up of musicians from more than 15 nations. The TPO has been active in recording both traditional Thai songs and new works from internationally recognized composers, and has produced 10 CDs of those works. In addition, the TPO has several new projects and collaborations on the horizon including recording sessions, concerts throughout Thailand, and several international performances.