The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra is honored to have sent Nitiphum Bamrungbanthum as the sole representative from Thailand to participate in International Musical Movement project

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and its chairperson, Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, is honored to have sent Nitiphum Bamrungbanthum as the sole representative from Thailand to participate in this virtual orchestra project.

The International Musical Movement project brings together musicians from leading ensembles around the world such as the Dresden Boys Choir, Japan Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Nuremberg Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Singapore Chinese Orchestra, as well as other freelance artists and students. The virtual orchestra performs the “Ode To Joy” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The performance was released on YouTube and Facebook by The Straits Times on May 7, 2021. The release of the video was timed to coincide with the premiere of the Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony which took place on the same date, May 7, 1824. This year also marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday.

The project was initiated by Kahchun Wong, a Singaporean conductor is the director of the International Musical Movement project. Its aim is to represent global solidarity around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is the winner of the 2016 Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition and is also the youngest person to be appointed Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he was conferred Germany’s Order of Merit, the highest tribute of service to the country.

Chairperson Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul is committed to improving the quality of orchestral music in Thailand and wants to see the Thailand Phil be more recognized on the international stage. “As Orchestra Chairperson I feel very proud to see Thai musicians recognized for their talent and potential on the international stage. It is a high honor for them to be selected to participate in international projects like this one. This reflects the ability of our musicians and orchestra to be recognized internationally.”

The launch of the music video kickstarts a worldwide campaign inviting short musical submissions of “Ode To Joy” from people around the world, many of whom are currently isolated at home. The deadline for submissions is May 31. Additional project information is available at http://beethooven.com

International Musical Movement: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy