Last night I attended a piano recital at the Santi School of Music by Dr Pornphan Banternghansa. It was a repeat performance from the previous night and organised by The Friends Of Music Making in Chiang Mai. Unfortunately the recital clashed with another recital at AUA by Nina Leosawasthiphong. Nina, however, is booked to play for the Friends in November
She played a most attractive program consisting of Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata (No 21 in C), the beautiful nostalgic Brahms Opus 118 Klavierstucke (except No. 4) and the scintillating Liszt Spanish Rhapsody. An unforgettable program by an unforgettable artist!
Pornphan Banternghansa, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, has received numerous awards, including first prize at the fourth Bangkok Chopin Competition. She was winner at Salzburg College’s summer program piano competition and second-prize winner at Mizner Park’s Scholarship Competition at the Centre for the Arts in Boca Raton, Florida. She received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in piano performance and composition as a full scholarship student at the University of Miami.
The piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 the Waldstein, is considered to be one of Beethoven’s greatest piano sonatas. In the video below the fisrt movement Allegro con brio is played by Hugo Kitano at the Colburn Academy Festival on 7-8-2011. (8 1/2 minutes)
In the next video a very young Russian pianist, Nikolay Khozyainov, plays Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody. (nearly 14 minutes)