Professor Dr. Narongrit Dhamabutra
Born in 1962, one of the most respected Thai composers, Professor Dr. Narongrit Dhamabutra received a doctoral degree in Music Composition from Michigan State University, U.S.A. His compositions have been performed regularly by leading orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, such as The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Verdehr Trio (USA), IRCAM Ensemble (Paris), Ensemble Stella Nova, Ensemble Kochi, New York New Music Ensemble, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris). In Thailand, a number of his compositions were performed by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Thailand.
His major compositions include the Concerto Maharaja for Ranad-ek and Orchestra, Symphony of the Spheres (Symphony No. 1), Symphonic Poem Sinfonia Chakri, Sinfonia Suvarnabhumi (Symphony No. 2), Concerto for Orchestra, Bhawankha for Ranad-ek and Orchestra, Concerto Sankitamankala for Violin and Orchestra, Symphony of B.E. 2489 (Symphony No. 3), Double Concerto for Ranad-ek and Ranad-toom, Jatubhumi Overture, Pledge to H.R.H. Princess Galyani Vadhana, Symphony Piyasayamintra (Symphony No. 4), Narmada Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Piano Concerto of Siam which was funded by the Thailand Research Fund to be a model composer in 2012, The Harmony of Chimes (Symphony No. 5), a symphony for ASEAN Instruments and Orchestra, “Le pas de mon Pere” Symphonic poem for Orchestra and Chorus, Quintet for the Spirits of ASEAN, Bhattara Maharaja Overture, Bhumibol Adulyadej Maharaja for Orchestra and Chorus (Symphony No.6), Sinfonia Siamindra, and Symphony of Rattanakosin (Symphony No.7).
Besides his prestige in composition, Professor Dr. Narongrit Dhamabutra has provided Thailand music education two textbooks, The Contemporary Composition and Decoding and Analysis: Compositions of Narongrit Dhamabutra, published by Chulalongkorn University Press. Moreover, he has been invited as special lecturer on composing contemporary composition and writing music research by several universities both in Thailand and United States as well as presenting his compositions at an International Conference. He also serves as an adjudicator in many significant composition competitions at the national and international level.
In 2008, the Ministry of Culture awarded Professor Dr.Narongrit Dhamabutra as the prestigious Silpathorn Artist for his outstanding artistic career. Currently, he is a full professor of Music Composition at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University (www. narongrit.com).
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts,
The Empires, 2018