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The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage presents

An Evening of Violin and Viola Duo

by Leo Phillips and Tasana Nagavajara


Fritz Kreisler: Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for violin solo
Narongrit Dhamabutra: Threnody to the victims of the pandemic for viola solo
W.A.Mozart: Duos for violin and viola K. 423 & 424

Leo and Tasana have now been working together for the best part of twenty years.
Their collaborations have included many seasons of chamber music and orchestral performances for Pro Musica, Bangkok, and have also incorporated teaching for Silpakorn University and participating each year in the Silpakorn Summer Music School. This is the first time they have appeared together as a duo.

Leo Phillips was born in London, Leo Phillips studied the violin both in Europe, with David Takeno and Sandor Vegh, and in the USA with Dorothy DeLay and Shmuel Ashkenasi. He has appeared as violin soloist with many orchestras including The London Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, The Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa. A dedicated chamber musician, Leo was a founder member of the Vellinger String Quartet, and leader of the internationally regarded Nash Ensemble of London with whom he toured extensively and has made many critically acclaimed recordings and broadcasts. He is a regular participant at IMS Open Chamber Music, Prussia Cove, and has also recently appeared at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, The Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, The Singapore International Festival of Music, The Nuremberg International Chamber Music Festival and the Akaroa International Chamber Music Festival (NZ). In 2018 he was appointed Director of Chamber Music for Premiere Performances, Hong Kong.

Tasana Nagavajara was a founding member of the Faculty of Music at Silpakorn University, and has also served as Director of the Silpakorn Summer Music School (SSMS) and the Pro Musica Junior Programme. As a professional musician, he has performed the major violin concerti with Thailand’s leading orchestras, and served as Concertmaster of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under Hikotaro Yazaki for 10 consecutive seasons. He was also recipient of a Princess Galyani Vadhana scholarship to attend a violin master class with Hrachya Hrutunian in Neustadt/Saar, Germany. He has been intensifying his international career with his involvement from 2011 to 2016 as faculty member and chamber performer in the Estate Musicale Frentana in Lanciano, Italy, and in 2014 he joined the International Akaroa Music Festival, New Zealand. He has twice given recitals at the historic Mendelssohn House in Leipzig, Germany. Tasana is currently the Artistic Director of the Pro Musica Orchestra.


Friday, 26 November 2021 at 19:00


Auditorium, The Siam Society


Members – 500 baht
Non-Members – 600 baht
Students with ID – 200 baht

Wine will be on sale.


For reservation, please contact:

The Siam Society

131 Asoke Montri Road (Sukhumvit 21), Bangkok 10110

Tel: 02-661-6470-3 (Please contact us during office hours)

To comply with social distancing rules, we must limit the audience to 80 persons. Please book your seat in advance by emailing or phoning your booking to the Society.

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