The performing artists:    

Chamber Music Ensemble Silpakorn University Bangkok

Jun Komatsu – piano
Damrih Banawitayakit – oboe
Suttiluk Puangsuwan -- clarinet
Prateep Noppakijja – bassoon
Supreti Ansvananda – french horn


Special Guest Punthum Lueangsunthorn

Silpakorn University student,
Gold madalist of The VI International Liszt Ferenc Competition 2023



Maria Ivana Oliva  

was born in Taranto- Italy; she began studying the guitar at a very young age, in 1992 she graduated with honors from the Conservatory "G. Paisiello "in Taranto.

At the same time he graduated in Economics and Commerce with full marks from the University of Bari and obtained the II level Master in Leadership and Management of Education at the University of
Roma Tre.

In 1984 she specialized in the tablature of the Vihuela (Chordophone of 1500) with M° G. Balestra and subsequently, she continued to deepen the study of tablature with M° M. Lonardi. She also collaborated with the vocal and instrumental group "Musica Antiqua" for the recovery of the Italian popular repertoire.

The continuous lessons with M° O. Ghiglia at the "Incontri Chitarristici" in Gargnano and the "Accademia Chigiana" in Siena, was very important in her training. She studied, also, with:M. Barrueco, A. Diaz, A. Ponce, J. Bream. She performs both as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles, from duo (vl- ch, cl-ch) to trio (ch-vl-fl, ch-cl-fl) to various ensembles at various musical international associations.

She has an intense International concert activity, she played in Italy, Morocco,France, Greece, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Usa, etc. She is invited to numerous international guitar festivals, both as a soloist and as a duo and as commissioner in the juries of prestigious international competitions.

She is the artist director of the "Città dello Jonio" International Guitar Festival and President of the "Guitar Artium" Association. She founded the "Andrés Segovia" orchestra made up of young musicians, for which she arranges and transcribes numerous pieces.

She was teaching for important states association: she was Internship Supervisor at the "G. Paisiello” for the qualification of the competition classes of Musical Instrument and Musical Education and subsequently TUTOR for the Active Training Internship at the Conservatory
" N. Piccinni ”in Bari.



Wind & Strings  

The artistic collaboration between Anton Isslhardt and Pongpat Pongpradit started in 2017 with the duo. Both established themselves after a while as a leading duo of this musical genre in South East Asia. They perform based on a consciousness for the past, with its forgotten music traditions in the 19th century, but also with a focus on the musical challenges of the future. Today, “Wind & Strings” are a promising and raising duo. The fragile instrumentation requires a sensitive and artistic responsibility. The wide repertoire contains
well-made transcriptions of the Renaissance and Baroque period. Original compositions from Beethoven’s and Schubert days in Vienna lead to the musical language of Romanticism of some central and southern European masters like Johann Kaspar Mertz, Mauro Guliano, Luigi Legnani and Joaquin Rodrigo. In addition, the delightful compositions by Latin American composers from the early 20th century until the 21st century are building a strong block of their repertoire,
as well as the distinguished compositions by French composers of the early 20th century. Extended and various instrumentations are also considered for future projects, as well as challenging transcriptions with special instrumentations. The friendship between Anton and Pongpat,
in combination with the artistic uniqueness of these two experienced musicians support the vision, touring around the globe – providing fine chamber music to curious audiences.



Loo Bang Hean  

Born in Ipoh, Malaysia, Bang Hean’s teachers in Malaysia include Serena Chow and Rickie Oui. He was the 1st prize winner of the First National Mozart Piano Competition in 1987, and following his success in the LRSM performing diploma in that same year the ABRSM awarded him a four-year scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London.

In England Bang Hean studied with Yonty Solomon, John Blakely and Dennis Lee. He won numerous prizes at the RCM and awards from the Anthony Saltmarsh Prize and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust enabled him to undergo a year of postgraduate studies with the Hungarian teacher Professor Ilonka Deckers in Milan, Italy.

Back in Malaysia since 1995, Bang Hean regularly appears in solo recitals, chamber concerts as well as concerto performances with various orchestras. He has appeared in most major concert venues in Malaysia. He is an active chamber musician, performing frequently with various instrumentalists including members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances abroad include appearances in England, Italy, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Korea.

Bang Hean is also very much involved in music education, being an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University as well as a frequent seminar presenter and competition adjudicator around this region. He works closely with the ABRSM examination board, and has been invited to present their seminars in various countries in the South East Asia.



Steve Retallick 

Steve Retallick studied Cello at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He was a prize winner in many competitions for Chamber music repertoire and finish his complete his studies in 1986 with a certificate of Advanced Solo Studies. His orchestra experience where the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonia. In SEA at the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Steve Retallick has been serving as a principal cellist at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and is a regular member of the MPO Chamber Music Series at the Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic Hall.