“His Compositions suggest a post humanist approach to sound production, where performer, instrument and objects become new agents”
(Described by The Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri)
“Young and Gifted, Meet the rebel Thai composer taking music to unheard heights”
(Described by CNN News Worlds Report, Karla Cripps)
A young generation Thai composer based in New York, the recipients of 2018 and 2020 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Piyawat Louilarpprasert has been awarded several grants and composition prizes such as American Composer Orchestra-Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Earshot Reading 2019, British Council Grants 2021: Connections Through Culture (United Kingdom), The Matan Givol International Composers Competition Winning Prize 2019, Call for Scores Winner Northwestern University Conference 2021, Call for Scores Winner the 40th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival 2019, Pro Helvetia Swiss Art Council (Switzerland), Japan Foundation Director Grants (Japan), Creative Funds by Siam Cement Group Foundation, the Audrey Kahin Research Fellowship, CNN News World documentation: “Young and Gifted”, Sage Fellowship (Cornell University, NY), The Charles Stewart Richardson Scholar Award and Commissions (Royal College of Music, UK), Unheard-of//Ensemble Multimedia Prize 2019, Fund for Classical Promotion Under the Patronage HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana (TH), The Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award 2018 (USA), Sergei Slonimsky Composition Award 2018 (Russia), Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute 2019 (USA, runner-up), Lucerne Festival Academy Young Composer Seminar 2016 (Switzerland), Rapee Sagarik Award 2018 (TH), Royal concerto orchestral composition prize 2017 (UK), Gabriel Prokofiev Nonclassical Music Competition (UK), Winner of Léon Goossens Prize 2016 (UK), Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra Award 2015 (TH), Asia-Pacific Saxophone Composition Award 2015 (TH), SEADOM Composition Award 2015 (Philippines), Young Thai Artists Awards, Asian Composer League Electroacoustic music call for score 2014 (Japan) and Young Composers in Southeast Asia Competition 2013 (Germany). In 2017, he was a composer in residence at KulturKontakt 2017 (AIR), Vienna, offered by the Austrian Federal Chancellery Austria.
Recently, he is commissioned by 100 years celebration of the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival 2021 for a new collaboration with Omnibus Ensemble. As a researcher, he is awarded the Don Michael Randel Research Fellowship 2021-22 to conduct his new music course: P.I.Y. (Perform it Yourself) at Cornell University, Ithaca.
Originally from Bangkok, Thailand, Piyawat’s music explores possibilities of creating the amalgamation of sonic and visual arts; including integrating multimedia and music, deconstructing instruments’ s mechanism and physicality with sound production method, and involving Thai traditional music elements in new compositions. Louilarpprasert’s compositions have been performed more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and United States. His music has drawn attention in numerous music festivals such as Darmstadt New Music Fes- tival (Germany), Lucerne Fesival (Switzerland), MUSIIKIN AIKA – Time of Music (Finland), Out hear New Music Festival (Greece), Saint Petersburg New Music Festival (Russia), Kulturkontakt Residency (Vienna), Gaudeamus Musikweek (Netherlands), China – ASEAN Music Week (China), London National Portrait (UK), Mozart of Tomorrow (UK), Musica y Arte: Correspondencias Sonoras (Spain), Asian Composer League (Japan) and Dian Red Kechil Young Composers Residency (Singapore). He collaborated with several established ensembles and orchestras such as Berlin Philharmonic Horn Section and Horn Pure, American Composer Orchestra, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, Arditti Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn Wire, Wet Ink, Lucerne Alumni Ensemble, Orkest Ereprijs, Oerknal!, Ensemble Platypus, Ensemble Reconsil, Quasars, Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Mozaik, Switch Ensemble, ASEAN Contemporary Ensemble, Omnibus Ensemble, University Cincinnati Chamber Players, University of Austin Texas Chamber Ensemble, Mahidol University Orchestras, Vienna Improvisor Orchestra, University of Philippines Symphonic Band, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Stockport Youth Orchestra, RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. He also had studied with composers including Chaya Czernowin, Wolfgang Rihm, Olga Neuwirth among others.
Piyawat is obtaining a D.M.A. in music composition at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York where he studied with Kevin Ernste and Marianthi Papalexandri Alexandri. He has obtained his Bachelor’s degree in composition with Valeriy Rizayev and conducting with Pamornpan Komolpamorn at College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand in 2011-15, Master’s degree in Composition and Conducting at Royal College of Music, London with Dai Fujikura, Jonathan Cole and Gilbert Nuono in 2017. Piyawat was a music director of Thailand New Music and Art Symposium (TNMAS) 2019-20 which focused on the diversity of art, music, society and culture. Currently, he is serving as a chair for Thailand Music and Art Organisation (TMAO) and a TNMAS program curator 2021.