Thanat Vijitthanasarn is from Bangkok, Thailand, and is currently studying at Chetham’s School of Music, where he has piano lessons with Dr. Murray McLachlan. He started taking piano lessons at the age of 6 in Thailand with Wendy Hammond and since then, has taken ABRSM graded exams and was awarded mostly distinctions. He will be taking an FRSM diploma at the end of this year. Thanat moved to Nat Yontararak in 2009 to continue his piano studies, before joining Chetham’s in 2011. In addition, Thanat has performed in masterclasses and had lessons with pianists such as Leon McCawley, John Lill, Carlo Grante, Stefan Bojsten, and music critic Bryce Morrison.
Thanat has participated in several competitions within South-East Asia and the UK, where he has been a prize winner on many occasions, including the 4th ASEAN International Chopin Competition and and The Chopin Prize at the Royal Northern College of Music. . As well as doing competitions, Thanat has performed recitals both in the UK and Bangkok, Thailand, his hometown. Previous recitals include performances in Chester, Derbyshire, Harrogate, and Manchester. Most recently, Thanat performed at St. Martin in the Fields, London. He is also an ensemble pianist, having played in trios, quintets, and sextets.
In addition to playing the piano, Thanat also plays the guitar and keyboard, and has an interest in economics and finance, aviation, and photography. Currently in his final year, Thanat will be going on to read Economics at the University of Warwick in October. He is interested in careers in investment banking and asset management.