Douglas Lilburn

Thanatchaporn Pongpanich

Thanatchaporn Pongpanich Thanatchaporn was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She showed an interest in performing, song writing and composition from an early age.

At the age of 16, Thanatchaporn competed in the Yamaha Thailand Music Festival 2005 and won the Yamaha Golden Prize for Classical Guitar with Voice during the semi-final. Later in the final she received a merit prize.

In 2006 Thanatchaporn wrote, composed and performed as a vocalist on three songs for the album Survival Kit by Open Wide Studio.

After graduating from Chitralada School in Thailand, Thanatchaporn travelled to New Zealand to study and is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music.

Thanatchaporn was awarded a Lilburn Trust Composition Award (merit) in 2012 from the University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music for Jao Nok Ka Wao (Thai lullaby).

(Updated December 2012)