Thai-British musician Prach Boondiskulchok enjoys a uniquely diverse career as a pianist, fortepianist, composer and teacher. His ensemble the Linos Piano Trio won the First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and in 2020 released the premiere recording of C. P. E. Bach’s Complete Piano Trios with Cavi Music. Prach’s early performance of Bach Sinfonias at the Royal Festival Hall was described by the Independent as an “ecstatic rendition [which] would have been a high point in any programme”. More recently Prach has received critical acclaim in The Strad, The Times and The Guardian, and his composition Night Suite was praised for its “ingenuity and imagination” by George Benjamin.
Equally at home improvising ornaments in Mozart and composing spectral microtones on Viennese fortepianos, Prach’s performances have taken him to international stages and festivals including London’s Wigmore, Barbican, and Royal Festival Halls, Muziekgebouw (Eindhoven), Nikolaisaal (Potsdam), Thailand Cultural Centre (Bangkok), IMS Open Chamber Music (Prussia Cove, UK), Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival (Amsterdam), and the Birdfoot Festival (New Orleans). As a chamber musician, he has given recitals with Steven Isserlis, Roger Chase, and Leonid Gorokhov. Upcoming collaborations include performances with Catherine Manson, Consone Quartet, and Tom Beghin.
After formative years at the Yehudi Menuhin School under the guidance of Peter Norris, Prach won Princess Galyani Vadhana’s full scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with pianist Caroline Palmer and composer Malcolm Singer. He completed a postgraduate degree in chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover with Oliver Wille and Markus Becker. He has additionally benefited from the guidance of Mstislav Rostropovich, Richard Goode, András Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Eberhardt Feltz, Thomas Adès, Malcolm Bilson, Melvyn Tan and Carole Cerasi. His current doctoral research on composing for the fortepiano is supervised by Tom Beghin and Julian Anderson.
His compositions include Night Suite (2014) widely performed by the Linos Piano Trio, the semi-operatic song cycle Goose Daughter (2016) commissioned and premiered by the Birdfoot Festival, Imaginary Beings (2018) for fortepiano as part of Artistic Research at the Orpheus Institute, and Prometheus (2020) commissioned and performed by gambist Liam Byrne. Goose Daughter has received subsequent multiple repeat performances across the U.S. and was premiered in the UK at King’s Place, London. In 2019 Prach was one of the four commissioned composers for the Endellion String Quartet’s 40th Anniversary in 2019, alongside Sally Beamish, Jonathan Dove, and Giles Swayne. The work Ritus: Four Portraits for String Quartet was hailed as “a work of great charm” by the Guardian. A selection of his music is published by Composers Edition.
A passionate educator and scholar, Prach served as a faculty member at the Yehudi Menuhin School from 2010-2015, and was Visiting Professor at the Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music in Bangkok 2014-2017. He is currently a Researcher at the Orpheus Institute and a faculty member at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Prach has served on the jury of the Geelvinck International Fortepiano Competition and since 2017, he has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire with the Linos Piano Trio. He holds a rank of second dan in Kyudo (Japanese archery).