Piyawat Louilarpprasert is a younger generation Thai composer whose works were premiered and performed by several established ensembles both locally and internationally. The ensembles that performed his compositions include, for instance, Ensemble Mozaik, ASEAN Contemporary Ensemble, University Cincinnati Chamber Players, newEar, Salaya Modern Ensemble, and Mahidol University Symphonic Band. His works were accepted to several international composition festivals such as 47th Summer Course for New Music Festival in Darmstadt, Asian Composers League Festival in Japan, Thailand International Composition Festival, and TubaMania International Festival. He won a number of composition awards such as 2013 Young Thai Artists Awards, 2012 Thailand Symphonic Band Composition Competition by Ratchaphat Bansomdejchaopraya University (2nd prize), and 2013 Young Composers in Southeast Asia Competition. Recently, he was commissioned by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, which will premiere his new composition in its next season. Louilarpprasert is currently a senior composition student with minor in conducting at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand. His mentors and teachers include Valeriy Razayev, Roger Petersen, Jiradej Setabundhu, and Pamornpan Komolpamorn.Mini-interview with Piyawat Louilarpprasert
Where are you from? Does that have any influence on your music? If so, how?
I am from Thailand and I am sure that my music is influenced by the fact but I don't know how.
When did you start composing and why?
I started composing in 2011 with the help from my teacher. I was always curious about the sounds I heard. I also wanted to create my own sounds.
What, if any, was the most inspirational experience you have had as a composer? (It could be a lesson, a piece, a concert, a sound, a walk, a bus trip, an image, etc.)
The Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music Festival was a great experience for me as a composer. I was inspired by many beautiful works and great composers.
What is most important to you when writing a piece?
The most intriguing part of writing a piece is the fact that with my composition I can connect with people. Another thing is a chance of finding sounds I have never heard before.
What's the title of your new work?
Light at the End of the Tunnel
Describe in a few sentences what your new work is about.
The title somehow describes the feelings with which I composed the piece. When I was writing the piece I felt that I, or someone else, or maybe something else was going through some troubles to a state which can be described as ‘happy’. Thus, the whole piece is a kind of a trip through “the tunnel" to "the light", from "the light" to "the tunnel", and so on.
Piyawat Louilarpprasert's Light at the End of the Tunnel along with 8 other works by young composers from around the globe will be premiered by the Trio SurPlus at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory's Orchestra Hall on 12 July 2015 at 7:30pm.