The performing artists:  

Bangk - Piano Trio

Rolf-Dieter Arens, piano 1945 - Zinnwald, Germany

The German pianist and teacher, Rolf-Dieter Arens, received its first piano instruction already at the age of 5. From 1963 to 1968 he studied at the Leipzig's Hochschule für Musik, piano with Professor H. Volger and chamber music with Professor L. Schuster. After two extensive years he completed master courses with Paul Badura-Skoda in Vienna. After finishing his studies, Rolf-Dieter Arens taught from 1970 to 1986 piano at the conservatories in Leipzig and Weimar. In 1986 he was appointed as professor for piano at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar.

Apart from the training activity, Rolf-Dieter Arens has an extensive concert activity as a concert pianist, with engagements as a soloist and a chamber musician, which have led him all over Germany, to many European countries, as well as to Japan and South Korea. He has played with renowned conductors as Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Neville Marriner and Janowski, among others. He has taken part in numerous broadcast and TV productions and CD recordings. In 1982 Rolf-Dieter Arens received the Kunstpreis of the GDR, and in 1986 was appointed to the Berliner Sinfonieorchester, where he worked as a soloist until 1991. Since that time he has given numerous master-classes in Germany, Sweden as well as South Korea and worked as a Juror at international competitions in Bolzano, Budapest, Dublin, Santander, Utrecht, Weimar and Vienna. From 1993 to 1999 he was artistic director of the Internationalen Sommermusikakademie Schloss Hundisburg. In 1995 he created the Kammermusikvereinigung Weimarer Solisten. In 1999-2000 he served as president of the Franz-Liszt-Gesellschaft Weimar, and since 2000 he is chairmen of the Internationalen Franz Liszt Klavierwettbewerbs Weimar, as well as artistic director of the Liszt-Festivals in Weimar. Since July 2001 he is rector of the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar.

Stefanie Waegner, cello

(nationality: British and German) studied cello with Emma Ferrand at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, and at the Music University in Graz, Austria (cello with Kerstin Feltz, chamber music with Chia Chou), where she obtained a double Masters´degree in solo performance and chamber music in 2007. She also participated in chamber music master classes with Michael Bochmann, Martin Hornstein, members of the Vermeer Quartet, Johannes Meissl and Christopher Rowland. She has performed extensively as principal cellist and soloist with numerous chamber orchestras, such as Ensemble Klanglust, the Bamberg University Chamber Orchestra, the Graz Baroque Orchestra, the Salonorchestra Graz and the Salaya Chamber Orchestra, Thailand. Stefanie has been a member of the faculty of the Franconian Chamber Music Academy (Germany) as well as the Centre for Music Education and Outreach (Vienna). Since October 2011 she has been part of the faculty of the Strings and Chamber Music Department at the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand, where she coaches chamber music, with special emphasis on the string quartet repertoire, and chamber orchestras. She performs in many faculty chamber ensembles, such as string quartet, piano trio and duo for piano and cello.

Chitipat Darapong

violin is currently studying a Master degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy at College of music, Mahidol University, Thailand/Bangkok


Srdjan Caldarovic

(1973) began his musical education at the music school "Pavao Markovac" in class of prof. Jelica Kuzmin. He studied at the Music Academy in Zagreb where he graduated in piano in class of prof. Vladimir Krpan (1995). He attended the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, USA in class of prof. Leonard Hokanson (1996), and at Trinity College of Music in London in class of prof. Philip Fowke (2001), and finally master's degree at the prestigious American University of Miami, Florida in the of prof. J. Robert Floyd (2002).

He further develop his concert skills at international courses of Evgenij Timakin, Jerome Rose, Walter Groppenberger, Sequeira Costa, meanwhile confirms his versatile solo and chamber performances, which confirms the validity of the awards won and flattering criticism. Since 2005 Caldarovic work as an assistant professor at the Music Academy in Zagreb.



Piano Duo Nakaishi/Sakano

Misato Nakaishi. Born in Tokyo, Japan. Misato received a bachelor of composition from the Kunitachi College of Music in Japan. Since 2014 she lives in PhnomPenh. She is a composer, pianist, music arranger,and chorus coach. Currently she is a piano teacher at SoundsKool music school in Phnom Penh.

Issei Sakano . Born from parents who love music, he started piano at the age of three. He had been studying piano, music theory and composition under Japanese teachers for 15 years. After coming to Cambodia in 1992, he had been away from music for years, but has resumed musical activities recently. He is currently working for legal and judicial reform in Cambodia as Japanese expert to Cambodian Ministry of Justice and at the same time, making performance occasionally in Phnom Penh mainly as a piano accompanist.