Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen has been called by the LA Times a “composer with a gift for creating orchestral color.”
Mr. Prangcharoen's awards include the Alexander Zemlinsky International Composition Competition Prize, the 18th ACL Yoshiro IRINO Memorial Composition Award, the Pacific Symphony's American Composers Competition prize, and the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award. His music has been performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, the Melbourne Symphony, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Thailand, the Ensemble TIMF, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Lyrique Quintette, as well as by pianist Bennett Lerner, in Asia, America, and Europe, and has been broadcast by ABC Classic FM-Australia's classical music network.
Mr. Prangcharoen has received commissions from the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the CCM Concert Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Thailand, the Lyrique Quintette, the TIMF Ensemble, and pianist Bennett Lerner. His piece, Sattha, for string orchestra, piano, and percussion, written in memory of the victims of the December, 2004 tsunami, was premiered by the Pacific Symphony with Maestro Carl St. Clair in Orange County, California, on November 30, 2005, and was warmly received by the audience. Commemoration, for cello and piano, also inspired by that tragic event, was premiered on May 7, 2006 in New York City by cellist Madeleine Shapiro and pianist Bennett Lerner. Mr. Prangcharoen's orchestra work, Respiration of the Sun, will be given its first performance by the CCM Concert Orchestra in 2007. His most well-known orchestra work, Phenomenon has been selected and performed at Grant Park Music Festival, “Looking East”, at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago, which made Mr. Prangcharoen the first Thai Composer who received such Honor. Phenomenon for Orchestra has received a second Japanese performance at the Asia the 21st Century Orchestra Project in August, 2007 by the Nagoya Philharmonic with the inaugural Maazel-Vilar International Conductors' Competition Winner, Bundit Ungrangsee. His chamber pieces have been presented at many important music festival such as MoMA Music Festival (Museum of Modern Art, New York City), Maverick Concerts “Music in the Wood” (America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music series) and among all, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (Lincoln Center, New York City). Mr.Prangcharoen is now one of the four finalists of the Annapolis Charter 300 Young Composers Competition 2007 which received a commissioned to compose an orchestra piece for Annapolis Symphony which will be performed in February, 2008. He is the founder of the Thailand Composition Festival in Bangkok, Thailand, now in its third year. Mr. Prangcharoen recently received prestigious “Silapathorn Awards” which is the Thailand Contemporary National Artist Award of 2007.
Mr. Prangcharoen was awarded scholarships to participate in California Summer Music, Pebble Beach, CA, in 2003 and 2004. He was also invited to be a guest composer at the University of Arkansas's Asian Music Week 2004. Mr. Prangcharoen participated in the John Duffy Institute, at the 9th Virginia Arts Festival, in 2005. The same year he was invited to the Sichuan Conservatory, China, to present his music and give master classes.
Mr. Prangcharoen was an Instructional Assistant Professor of Music in Composition at Illinois State University, Normal, IL and a faculty in the Western Music Department of Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, he is a faculty at the Community Music and Dance Academy, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mr. Prangcharoen is presently completing a recording project of his orchestra and wind symphony works which will be released by Albany Records in the near future.
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