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Suppabhorn Suwanpakdee

Originally from Ratchaburi province, Suppabhorn studied violin and viola with Bangkok Pro Musica’s Artistic Director and concertmaster Tasana Nagavajara as an undergraduate student at Silpakorn University where he passionate in chamber music. After completing his Bachelor degree in music performance with the first-class honour (2008), he went on to further develop his performance skills on the viola at Mahidol University as a master degree student. During his studies, he took viola classes with the national artist Assistant Professor Choochart Pitaksakorn as well as Juris Madrevic and Vladislav Schumakov. He also had masterclasses with Professor Dr Juliet White Smith and Prof. Loland Baldini (2011). He completed Doctoral of Fine and Applied Arts (DFA) in Music from Chulalongkorn University (2017) where he granted full government scholarship. During his studied, he was under the supervision by Professor Dr Weerachat Premanandra. 

He has performed in several orchestras including Galyani Vadhana Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Bangkok Pro Musica performing the King’s Composition in London, the Hague, Brussels and Berlin. His performance entitled “Reflection of Thais”, exploring the oral performative aspects of Thai traditional music was selected for the Bahrain summer festival in 2013 and has since been presented in Copenhagen and Vilnius. 

Suppabhorn has also explored other musical paths such as experimental music and film music. He is a co-founder of the contemporary band ZiiYod. He is also one of the members of Ensemble Music Makers, a collective proposing novel approaches to performance, experimenting with the interpretation of many musical styles, from Western classical music to new contemporary compositions since 2014. He currently works as a faculty member at Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM) and full-time lecturer where he also is the project director of the PYO (Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra).


Research Interests

Viola performance, Performing Arts, Cross-cultural studies, Music in the Community, Music for Society, Performing Ethnomusicology

Work Experiences

March 2024 - Acting Vice President for Research and Development

Oct 2023 - Acting Assistant to the President for Student Affairs

May 2023 - Present

Appointed as an Assistant Professor, School of Music, PGVIM

2013 - Presents

Faculty Member, School of Music, PGVIM

2013 - Oct 2021 

Assistant to the President for Student Affairs, PGVIM

Faculty Member, School of Music, PGVIM

Educational Background / Awards

Educational Background

2017 Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Doctoral of Fine and Applied Arts, (GPA 4.00, Thesis: very good) 

2011 Graduate school, College of Music, Mahidol University, Master of Arts (Music) (GPA. 3.97) 

2008 Faculty of Music Silpakorn University, Bachelor of Music (Performance), 1st class Honour (GPA. 3.63) 

2004 Sarasit Phittayalai School, Banpong, Ratchaburi, high School (GPA.3.66) 


2017 Executive Leadership Development for Student Affairs Program Training, organised by Office of the Higher Education Commission, Thailand


2021 Commander (Third Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand. (announced on 4th of Jan 2021)

Awards and Scholarship 

2023 Pin of honour in recognition of the service given to Thai society by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Liberal Arts at Thammasart University (26 March 2023).

2021 Outstanding Alumni Award (education support) organised by Silpakorn University

2014 - 2017 Full PhD Scholarship, Office of the Higher Education Commission Thailand

2007 Scholarship for an outstanding student from the office of student affairs, Silpakorn University

2004 Award of Outstanding Youth in Arts and Music, National Youth Bureau, Ministry of Education Thailand

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