was honored to be asked to participate in the filming of a new music
video honoring HM the King of Thailand. He conducts a group of
musicians including the combined orchestras and choirs of the Royal
Thai Army, Air Force and Navy, as well as some of Thailand's most
famous singers. The MV began airing extensively in Thailand in June
2011 and will continue through the remainder of the year. To see the
full video, please click here. For more behind the scenes pictures from the filming of the music video click here.
Nightly Audience of 300,000
on December 5 2009, Bundit headlined 9 nights of free public concerts
in honor of HM the King of Thailand. Conducting a 129 member orchestra
of top-notch musicians from around the globe, Bundit conducted several
classical pieces and special arrangements of some of the King's own
music, in addition to leading the live audience of over 300,000 in
singing the Royal Anthem. In combination with the live television
audience each night, it is estimated the concert reached an audience of
nearly 5 million. The Dusit Palace provided a spectacular backdrop with
a 4D video presentation projected onto the palace. For more pictures
and video click here.
Beethoven and Rome
On May 11, 2008, Bundit conducted a concert with Orchestra di
Roma e del Lazio in the beautiful Auditorium at Parco della
included the Beethoven Violin Concerto and Beethovenís Symphony
No. 4. Although this symphony is not performed often it holds a
special place in Bunditís heart as it was the very first
Beethoven symphony Bundit conducted in concert when he was 21
Singapore Youth Orchestra
Bundit is very excited to once again be making music with young
people. He will make his debut with the Singapore Youth
Orchestra at Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore on March 27,
2008 at 8 pm. Bundit confesses that he has missed the energy and
youthful enthusiasm of a youth orchestra (the last "young"
orchestra he worked with was in Los Angeles over ten years ago).
Repertoire for the concert includes Shostakovich Festive
Overture, Haydn Trumpet Concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.
"Tomorrow's Musical Leaders" International Conducting Masterclass
"Tomorrow's Musical Leaders," or the first ever Bundit
Ungrangsee International Conducting Masterclass, is now accepting
applications from qualified applicants in Thailand and the rest
of Asia. Participants will gain valuable daily conducting experience
in front of a professional orchestra, in addition to working with
Bundit one on one from Feb 4 through Feb 7 2008. Applicants can
download an application form and additional details from www.okmd.or.th.
Korean Opera Tour Continues
Bundit continued his collaboration with the National Opera of
Korea in October with a touring production of La Traviata. On
October 19 and 20 tthe production opened at the Daegu Opera House
in Daegu, Korea, and continued on to the Koyang SPART Complex
on November 3 and 4 in Koyang, Korea.
On July 21, "The
Competition," a documentary film chronicling the Maazel-Vilar
International Conductors' Competition, had its world premiere as
part of the Bangkok
International Film Festival. Audiences got a first-hand look
at the artistry, the tension and the drama behind the scenes at
one of the world's biggest conducting competitions to date.
New Recording on Sony/BMG
has teamed up with Bundit and the West Kazakhstan Symphony Orchestra
to make a definitive recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto. With
members of several London orchestras sitting in with the Kazhak
orchestra and with soloist Marat Bisengaliev, the concerto was recorded
earlier this year in Almaty. The full disc is scheduled for release
late in 2007.
Seoul Philharmonic in Bangkok
The crowds turned
out for a concert at the Thailand Cultural Center with Bundit and
the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. With show-stoppers like An American
in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, the concert was a smashing success.
Seoul Philharmonic Plays Pattaya
The Seoul Philharmonic
wowed the near capacity crowd at Pattaya's Alangkarn Hall with their
stunning presentation of Gershwin's classics An American in Paris
and Rhapsody in Blue. Bernstein's Candide Overture also filled out
the program of jazz-inspired classics.
La Traviata in Korea
the National Opera of Korea in their touring production of Verdi's
beloved opera La Traviata. The first leg of the tour began in April
with 4 performances in the cities of Chungwon and Ansan. The second
leg of the tour will begin later this year in October.
Central Asian Orchestra
The Central Asian
nation of Kazakhstan has recently formed a new world-class symphony
and invited Bundit to be one of the first conductors to work with
the new orchestra. He made his debut with the Kazakh Symphony Orchestra
on April 4 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
di Roma e del Lazio in Rome on February 18, a return engagement
following his last-minute appearance with that orchestra in a concert
late last year. Repertoire for the concert included Reznicek Symphony
No. 2 and the Haydn Cello Concerto in D.
In January Bunditís
series of concerts with the Copenhagen Philharmonic were met with
great success, both with the public and with the orchestra. Reviews
of the concert were outstanding, including this
Bundit was asked
to step in at the last moment for two concerts with the Orchestra
di Roma e del Lazio in Rome this past November. He conducted
the famed Classical Symphony by Sergei Prokofiev. Among the VIP
guests at the concert was the Ambassador of Thailand to Italy. The
orchestra immediately engaged Bundit for another series of concerts
with the Victoria
Symphony , in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada) this past
November. Part of the orchestra's Signature Series, the two concerts
on November 19 and 20 included repertoire from Mendelssohn (Symphony
No. 4), Mozart (Horn Concerto No. 3) and Strauss (Horn Concerto).
Music and Dance Festival
Bangkok Music and Dance Festival was proud to have Bundit perform
in a special symphonic concert as part of this year's events. Bundit
led the International Orchestra of Italy in a program featuring
Tchaikovsky's beautiful ďRomeo and JulietĒ and Respighi's spectacular
work ďPines of Rome.Ē The concert was met with critical and popular
acclaim, and future projects with the Bangkok Music and Dance Festival
are in the works.
Your Dreams" in Pattaya
their concert in Bangkok, Bundit and the International Orchestra
of Italy performed a special concert entitled ďConduct Your DreamsĒ
at Pattaya's renowned Horseshoe
Point resort . The concert also featured American jazz vocalist,
Mary Jane Jones. Horseshoe Point's Grand Arena was converted into
a stunning, 360 degree concert stage. The resort has hosted other
classical concerts in the past, including conductor Charles Dutoit
and the Verbier Youth Orchestra.
in Kuala Lumpur
Bundit made his
debut with the Malaysian
Philharmonic Orchestra at their home in Kuala Lumpur's Petronas
Hall with two concerts on July 1 and 2. Repertoire included Schumann's
Rhenish Symphony (Symphony No. 3), Fanfare and Finale from Bright
Sheng's "China Dreams" and Dvorak's Cello Concerto with soloist
On June 1, Bundit
conducted the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand to rave reviews. Repertoire
included Tchaikovsky's Francesca da Rimini, Bruch's Scottish Fantasy
with violinist Feng Ning, Harris' Symphonic Song Cycle and Mendelssohn's
Musicali for three concerts during the first week of May in
a program featuring Haydnís Symphony No. 102, Schumannís Overture,
Scherzo and Finale, and a piano concerto composed by Schumannís
wife, Clara with soloist Jin Ju. The series included a performance
at the Olympic
Theatre in Vicenza, one of Europe's oldest and most beautiful
in for Maazel
In the summer of
2004, Bundit was asked to step in at the last moment for Maestro
Lorin Maazel, who was recovering from minor surgery, for two
major concerts in Spain with the Orchestra of Arturo Toscanini.
Bundit was joined on the concerts by renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov
in a performance of Beethovenís Violin Concerto. Bundit also performed
Respighiís spectacular work ďPines of RomeĒ to excellent reviews.
Bundit was asked
at the last moment to conduct the Orchestra dell' Emilia Romagna
in Salso Maggiore, Italy. Bundit stepped in to fill the place of
another conductor who suddenly cancelled. The concert was a great
success, and featured Tchaikovsky's underappreciated Symphony No.
1, as well as Mozart's Symphony No. 34.
Concerts in Palermo
Bundit visited Palermo,
Italy for the first time to conduct a series of three concerts with
the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana. He has been asked to return to
conduct that orchestra again in 2008. The three concerts featured
Saint-Saens Symphony No. 1.
During the first
week of April, Bundit gave a series of highly appreciated concerts
in with the Cukurova State Orchestra in Adana, Turkey. Bunditís
outstanding interpretation of Schumannís Third Symphony was heralded
by the orchestra as one of the finest they have ever experienced.
He was immediately invited back to perform 4 additional concerts
with the orchestra later in 2006.
In March, Bundit
continued his ongoing position as Principal Guest Conductor of the
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with a concert at the Sejong Performing
Arts Center. The orchestra performed Shostakovichís First Symphony
under Bunditís leadership.
Ninth for the New Year
The Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra
celebrated the coming of 2006 in style with a rousing performance
of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 under Bundi'ts direction. Featuring
4 combined choirs, totalling nearly 400 people, the performance
brought down the house and cemented Bundit as a favorite in Incheon.
Conducts OIDI in China
díItalia continues their 2005 Asian tour with a concert in Tianjin,
China, conducted by Bundit Ungrangsee on October 25. The concert
includes Italian overtures like La Forza del Destino and La Gazza
Ladra, and selections from several Italian operas.
Conducts La Fenice
On September 16 and 17, Bundit
successfully completed two concerts with the Teatro La Fenice in
Venice, Italy. One of the most prestigious symphonic organizations
in Italy, La Fenice had invited Bundit to perform a special program
of Venetian music. The concerts were met with great enthusiasm from
the audience and the orchestra.
the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane with great success.
Repertoire for the program included Beethoven's magnificent Third
Symphony, the Eroica.
Burana in Korea
With nearly 500 musicians
on the stage, Bundit conducted Karl Orffís most famous work, Carmina
Burana, in Korea on September 29. The combined forces of the Incheon
City Philharmonic Orchestra and over 400 choir members from all
over Korea performed under Bundit's leadership to create an awe-inspiring
show of art and emotion.
The Thai Ministry
of Culture has named Bundit a Cultural Ambassador of the Kingdom
of Thailand in recognition of his exceptional work as an international
conductor. Bundit joins an elite group of artists who represent
the Kingdom abroad at a world-class level, according to the Ministry.
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