Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828) was an Austrian composer. In a short lifespan of just nearly 32 years, Schubert was a prolific composer, writing some 600 Lieder, nine symphonies (including the famous “Unfinished Symphony”), liturgical music, operas, some incidental music, and a large body of chamber and solo piano music. Today, Schubert is seen as one of the leading exponents of the early Romantic era in music and he remains one of the most frequently performed composers.
To honor his music, this one-day concert is specially brought to you and performed by the gifted Aree Kunapongkul (Pianist) and the talented Mathias Boegner (Violinist).
Aree Kunapongkul began her piano studies in Thailand and in 1991, she entered the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University by participating in a competitive examination organized especially for gifted students. She received her Master of Music degree from Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Connecticut, majoring in Piano performance.
She was bestowed the exclusive Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship Award from the Musical Club at Hartford as well as scholarship by Pepsi (Thailand) to participate in the 7th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA.
In 2011, Aree was invited by the Chopin Society to sit on the jury panel of the pre-selection committee set up to pre-audition applicants of the 9th Bangkok Chopin Piano Competition.
Aree is a full time faculty member at the Conservatory of Music - Rangsit University and con-currently, she is also the head of piano studies at the New Frontier Music Academy, Bangkok.
Mathias Boegner is a German/Swiss violinist who has studied with the famous Professors Gerhart Hetzel, Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Dorothy DeLay and Aida Stucki in Munich, Vienna and Cincinnati.
He was concertmaster of Stadtorchester Winterthur, Shanghai Broadcast Symphony and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneva. As a soloist, he performed in Tokyo, Paris, Osaka, New York (Carnegie) and recorded Ysaye’s solo sonatas and Paganini’s Caprices, recently also on live DVD with 24 Italian Master instruments at an exhibition of Franke violins Ltd.
He is also recipient from the German National Youth Competition for String Quartet, Flersheim Foundation Lucerne, Cincinnati Concerto Competition, Bangkok International Fine Arts Conferences 2009/10/11, Jordan Academy of Music, Satya Wacana University Indonesia and Ministry of Education Cambodia.
His research about Alban Berg’s violin concerto is filed at Harvard University Library. He was also an Associate Professor at National University of the Arts Taiwan and professor at Hochschule Zuerich. Since 2008, he has been with the China Conservatory Beijing with the same position and head of the Chamber Music Department.