Pornphan Banternghansa (Piano)
Pianist and composer Pornphan Banternghansa is a native of Bangkok, Thailand. She has been the recipient of many music awards including Second prize at the Centre for the arts at Mizner Park’s Scholarship Competition in Boca Raton, Florida, Winner at the Salzburg College’s summer program piano competition in Austria, and First Prize winner at the Fourth Bangkok Chopin Competition, along with ‘Best Performance of Mazurka’ and ‘Best Performance of Nocturne’. Other than performing extensively in Thailand, she has been featured in many recitals and festivals worldwide where she also performed her compositions such as Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Indonesia, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, India and USA. Pornphan has participated in numerous music festivals including the Salzburg College Summer Program, Chautauqua Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival. She was also selected as the first ever pianist from Thailand to participate in the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland and received a scholarship from HRH Princess Galayani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra. While at Verbier she received public masterclasses held by world renowned pianists such as Dimitri Bashkirov, Nelson Georner, and Claude Frank. She has also worked with Joseph Kalichstein, Gabriel Chodos, Mikhail Kopelman, Logan Skelton, Robert Levin and Paul Badura-Skoda. Pornphan received a Bachelor’s degree doubling major in Piano Performance and Composition as a full scholarship recipient from the University of Miami under Rosalina Sackstein, a pupil of Claudio Arrau, and the late Dr. Teresa Escandon, a student of Jorge Bolet. She was also awarded ‘Outstanding Student in Music Composition, Traditional and Media Writing’. As a recipient of a Collaborative Piano Graduate Award, she held a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music studying with Professor Rebecca Penneys while she was also a teaching assistant for a piano literature class at Eastman, a staff accompanist at Ithaca College and serves as a faculty at Community School of Music in Ithaca, NY. Pornphan is currently a piano faculty at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.