At just 11 years old Pasit (Guy) Wattanalekhawong has the honour of being crowned Thailand’s 2020 representative for the South-East Asian Steinway Regional Youth Finals after a sterling performance at the Thailand leg of the competition. Described as ‘A Prestigious Musical Platform For Young Aspiring Musicians’, the 5th edition of the competition, held at the Bangkok Steinway Gallery, showcased the finest young talent the country has to offer.
After making it through the video submission section, Guy was selected for the main event, hosted at where he performed an immaculate version of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Allegro Appassionato Op. 70. Before his performance, Guy expressed nervousness but felt comfortable once he began to play.
“My heart was racing as I was waiting to go on stage, but I felt that if I did my best, I would be happy. When the judges announced I had won, I was quite overwhelmed because there were pianists there who were five years older than me who I look up to”, a beaming Guy explained.
In any case, the six hours of practice every day has undoubtedly paid off as now Guy and his parents have a trip to Macau for the Asian Regional Steinway competition to plan for, hopefully in May next year. A victory in this event will see Guy chosen to compete in the World Steinway Finals held in Hamburg
“My mum and Dad are always encouraging me without pressuring me. They don’t care if I win or lose, but they do want to see me perform well. Therefore, I am aware that to play at my best, I must commit a lot of time and effort to practising”.
Past Steinway winners include Shrewsbury alumni, Kant Kosoltrakul (Class of 2014) and Gun Chaikittiwatana (Class of 2015), and current student Pam Kijoran who have all gone on to win numerous awards and performed in concert halls all around the world. For Guy to follow in their footsteps at such a young age, certainly bodes well for the future.
The event was even more special from the school’s perspective as fellow Year 8 student Sirima (In-In) Pholtape finished a close second, showing the excellence of Shrewsbury’s music programme yet again.