7th Overseas Performers Festival 2023
Date: 13th November 2023, Monday
Venue: Steinway Production Studio (Near Marymount MRT)
Lecture Recital by Richard Omrod
Interpreting Baroque Music in the Modern Era
Time: Between 10AM to 1PM
Fee: $86.40 (inclusive GST)
Solo Recital by Steinway Artist San Jittakarn
Pieces by J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin and Johanne Brahms
Time: 2.30PM to 3.30PM
Fee: $43.20 (inclusive GST)
Special Package for Both Recitals
*light refreshments included
Time: 10AM to 3.30PM
Fee: $108 (inclusive GST)
About Steinway Artist San Jittakarn
Hailed by La Libre Belgique as “an inspired and visionary poet,” San won Third Prize and Paderewski Prize at the prestigious Geneva International Music Competition in 2018, one of the most established international music competitions.
San distinguished himself at the Maria Canals International Music Competition in Barcelona, receiving the Jury’s unanimous medal “Unanimitat Medalla,” and was a semi-finalist at the esteemed Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels where his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto was applauded by Crescendo Magazine as “an unpredictable, touching pianist.” Other awards and honors include Second Prize and Classical Sonata Award at the Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition in Tokyo, and First Prizes at the Oberlin Concerto Competition and the Arthur Dann Piano Competition in the United States. San is the first Thai pianist to represent Thailand in the main competition of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
San appeared at Victoria Hall with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland. Other concerto performances were with Orchestre Symphonique de l’AMAmusique, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Oberlin Orchestra, Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. His performances have been broadcasted by La Radio Télévision Suisse in Switzerland, RTBF channels in Belgium and Cleveland Ovations of WCLV radio in the United States. His concerto performance with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has been issued into a disc under Concour de Genève label in partnership with Montres Breguet. In Japan, his performance is recorded and distributed digitally by E-Onkyo.
In addition to his orchestral engagements, previous appearances include venues such as Rosey Concert Hall in Rolle, Studio Ernest Ansermet in Geneva, Sala Aula Copernicanum in Bydgoszcz, Flagey Hall in Brussels, Petit Palau de Musica in Barcelona, Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, Shangyin Opera House in Shanghai, Seoul Arts Center’s Recital Hall in Seoul, Kawai Omotesando Concert Salon in Tokyo, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Prince Mahidol Hall in Nakhon Pathom and Thailand Cultural Centre in Bangkok.
San attained Bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College and Conservatory where he worked with Monique Duphil and Yury Shadrin, and received the John Elvin Piano Prize awarded to a student judged by the piano department to be the most talented in the junior class. He later earned his graduate degrees at the Juilliard School and Yale University. At Juilliard, San studied with Hung-Kuan Chen and Jerome Lowenthal in shared studios. San graduated from Yale as a George W. Miles fellow where he continued his studies with Hung-Kuan Chen and chamber music with David Shifrin.
He was recently named a Steinway Artist on 29th October 2023.
About Richard Omrod
Richard is an acclaimed soloist. He has twice performed concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by David Parry at the Barbican centre, London; toured the Pacific rim as concerto soloist with the Philharmonia Virtuosi; made four international tours with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and performed with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, broadcast live to 38 countries.
Richard also plays a wide range of recital repertory in venues across the U.K. as well as in more than a dozen countries abroad. His discography includes major works by Schumann and Schubert, as well as a disk of harpsichord repertoire by Bach, Rameau and Scarlatti. He was a semi-finalist in the Leeds International Competition at the age of 19 and went on to win prizes at other international competitions including the Rubenstein and Tchaikovsky competitions.
Richard made his first concerto appearance at the age of 10. After studying with Beate Popperwell, and with Michael Young at Wells Cathedral School, Richard went on to read Music at King’s College, Cambridge. At age 17, Richard spent the first of five summers as Artist-in-Residence at Aspen Music Festival, Colorado. Later he studied for several years with Elisso Virssaladze at the Moscow Conservatory.
Chamber Music is central to Richard’s musical life. He was awarded the accompianist’s prize at the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. As pianist with the Salzburg Hyperion Ensemble, he has performed in numerous countries and he has also joined the renowned Dorian Wind Quintet on three U.S. tours. Richard has frequently performed with Trio d’Archi di Praga and joined the Czech Nonet for extensive tours during their 85th anniversary season.
Richard serves on the piano faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music. He lives in the mountains of North Wales with his partner and their two young daughters.