Ben Sumpun Lertsintupun
A native Thai pianist, Sumpun Lertsintupun began his studies at a young age. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Silpakorn Univeristy in his home country where he studied with Nina Svetlanova from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. In 2002 he was awarded a scholarship from the Yamaha Institute which allowed him to further his studies in Europe and America. He participated in many piano competitions in his native country including the Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition, Mahidol Piano Concerto Competition and Piyaband Piano Competition. Sumpun also performed in several master classes including those given by Barry Snyder from the Eastman School of Music. Professor Masayoshi Sasaki from the Boston Conservatory and JeffreyGilliam from Western Washington University. In 2004 he was chosen to participate in the Meisterkurs fur junge Pianisten, a music camp that focused on solo and chamber music in Europe, and took part in a piano master class at the famed Mozartuem Conservatory in Austria. His performances took him throughout Germany and France over a 5 month period.
In 2005, Sumpun decided to further his studies in the USA and applied and was accepted into Florida Atlantic University Graduate program where he was offered a Graduate Assistantship position in the Collaborative Arts area. In 2009, he participated and was selected as one of four winners of Florida Atlantic University’s fourth annual Concerto and Aria Competition, and performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 with the Florida Atlantic University Symphony Orchestra in early 2010. In April of the same year, Sumpun was chosen to perform in Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with the FAU Symphony Orchestra. He continues to be an active performer in the West Palm Beach area performing solo repertoire and working with both instrumentalists and singers ( in instrumental music and opera) Sumpun Lertsintupun completed his Masters degree in piano performance from Florida Atlantic University in 2011.