EKACHAI JEARAKUL (b 1987 )
In 2014 Ekachai Jearakul became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition (GFA). This prize entails a fifty-concert tour in many countries culminating in a Carnegie Hall début in New York City. Between 2003 and 2014 Jearakul earned an impressive list of honours, including twelve first prizes at prestigious international guitar competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has performed in over sixteen countries, including Thailand, China, France, Korea, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, the Philippines, Indonesia, Spain, Singapore and the United States. In 2011 he commissioned new arrangements and made a recording of music by the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej. Born in 1987 in Thailand, Ekachai Jearakul started guitar studies at the age of thirteen. His professional training, as a full scholarship student, began at Mahidol University College of Music, where he completed a Bachelor in Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Paul Cesarczyk. Subsequently he went on to earn a master’s degree in Guitar Performance at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with Marco Tamayo. Since 2007 he has been sponsored by Thai Bev “Sangsom” Thai Talent, and in 2013 he became a Yamaha artist.