Poom Prommachart

pianist, Thailand


Poom Prommachart, born in Bangkok, began his concert career at the age of 13. He recently graduated with a Bachelors in Music with Honours from the Royal College of Music (RCM), London. He was a student of Thailand’s leading pedagogue, Peerapong Surawan, and afterwards of both Rena Phua and Boris Kraljević at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He attained the FTCL Diploma from Trinity College at the age of 15. At age 16, he was granted a full scholarship by H.R.H Princess Galyani Vadhana and the Royal College of Music, which enabled him to continue his studies in London with Professor Ian Jones. He is currently a student of the renowned Russian pianist, Professor Dina Parakhina.

Poom has performed throughout Europe and Southeast Asia and worked with many leading Orchestras. With an already developed international reputation as an outstanding performer of rare expressive depth, he was acclaimed by critics as “a young Ashkenazy” after his performance of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto in London. He appeared at the Fifth International Isidor Bajić Piano Competition in Serbia, at which he won 1st Prize, the Laureate Award, a special prize for his Brahms’ F minor Piano Quintet performance in the semi-final round, and the Audience Award. At the final concert, in cooperation with the Timisoara Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Radu Popa, he demonstrated the full richness of his rare musical talent, playing Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, a concerto of deep tragic tones, after which the daily newspaper “Dnevnik” from Novi Sad wrote in their commentary: “Displaying a mixture of controlled freedom and exceptional expressional depth, with rounded phrases and rich decorations of Chopinesque sound, springing from his piano and its great dynamic range, purified in style and expression, the pianist from Thailand has confirmed that the First Prize and title of the Laureate of the entire competition have been placed in the right hands”.

In addition to an absolute victory in Novi Sad, Poom has won prizes at more than fifteen international and national Competitions: winner of the Hopkinson Gold Medal (RCM, London), 1st prize and Audiences Prize at the UK Intercollegiate Sheepdrove Piano Competition, 1st prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Soloist Competition, winner of the RCM Concerto Competition for his performance of Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, 2nd Prize and a Special Prize for the best performance of Liszt at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Budapest, and winner of the John Chisell Schumann Award and the Sarah Mundlak Memorial Prize for Piano.

Poom also performed to great success and acclaim Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Olivier Ochanine, and additionally with the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rauf Abullayev at the Nomus Festiva. In Manila, he conducted a Masterclass at the University Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music at the invitation of the world-renowned Filipino pianist Raul Sunico, and in Thailand at the College of Music, Mahidol University at the invitation of Professor Eri Nakagawa.