Third Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival
Whilst the hustle and bustle of Walking Street’s nightlife increased last Saturday evening, a short stroll away was a surprising oasis of musical tranquility, at the Siam Bayshore Resort and Spa as the 3rd Pattaya Classical Guitar Festival and Competition got underway from early morning. Throughout the day the gifted participants contended for prestigious prizes, including the top trophy of a guitar valued at $US 3000. This was won by 17 year old Chinnawat Themkumkwun, who enthralled the audience and renowned judges with his stunning guitar performances. Natdanai Phuaphanprasong took the runners up prize with third place going to Tanist Saengwichai . The festival was not only a platform for the musicians and competitors, but also a showcase for the world’s top guitar makers, who were able to demonstrate their amazing craft, displaying their wares and true craftsmanship in the ‘Guitar Exhibition’. For those attending the evening performances there was the delight of the ‘Master Concert’ in addition to the magnificent ‘Guitar Night’ concert which demonstrated how wonderful the classical guitar is when played to its full potential.
There were stunning performances from Woratep Rattana-Umpawan, Santi Kaewjai and the Wong–Kojorn Guitar Quartet, followed by the incredulous skills from Leon Koudelak, Monching Carpio, Tomonori Arai and Paul Cesarczyk. All proceeds for the event went to the Father Ray Foundation, with Father Peter in attendance to congratulate the performers. Deputy Mayor Ronnakit Aegasing and Board Director of Siam City Group Mrs. Kamala Sukosol - President of Siam Hotels & Resorts opened the festival and also handed out the accolades. The festival was sponsored by ‘Pattaya People Media Group’, with Niels Colov being an honored guest and Barry Upton, member of the 96 FM Radio team being one of the judges for the senior competition, having the credentials of being a highly acknowledged guitarist and musician.
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