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Conductor Thanapol Setabrahmana achieves 2nd place nationally in The American Prize competition


Thanapol Setabrahmana, Mahidol College of Music's alumni and doctoral conducting associate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, has achieved 2nd place nationally in the band/wind ensemble division of The American Prize in Conductingcompetition, 2013. Mr. Setabrahmana was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts. Complete information on the website:

He is a conductor with versatile repertoire consisting of orchestral, wind ensemble, choral, operatic, and contemporary music. He guest conducts the CCM Brass Choir and Cafè MoMus Contemporary Ensemble and recently appointed an assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble.

Thanapol has worked with several ensembles, including the Chamber Philharmonic of Catalonia, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the "Mihail Jora" Philharmonic Orchestra of Bacau, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble. He has also worked with several conducting pedagogues such as Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, Leonid Kochmar, Donato Renzetti, Donald Hunsberger, H. Robert Reynolds, Mark Gibson, Neil Varon, and Donald Schleicher, among others.

Among judges comments: "...this is a first class musician. Good control over his scores and very solid technique."

For a list of additional conducting and ensembles winners for 2013, please follow this link:


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