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Woratep Rattana-umpawan (Thailand)
Woratep Rattana-umpawan began his guitar lessons when he was 12.
With the age of 15, he had been the First Prize Winner of Yamaha Guitar Festival Competition in Bangkok for three consecutive years from 1985-1987.
He started taking classical guitar lessons seriously with Prof. Vithaya Vosbein, one of the best guitar teachers in Thailand.
In 1987 he entered the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts,
Chulalongkorn University and got a B.A. with second class honors in Western Music majoring in Classical Guitar.
With his talents and skills in performance, he was invited to play solo in Chao Praya Concerto composed by Prof. Bruce Gaston in 1993.
Recognized as one of the best guitarists in Thailand,
Woratep was once again invited by one of the most famous musical institutions in Japan to perform in three recitals in April 2000.
In November the same year, he had an opportunity to take a private lesson with Mr. Eduardo Fernandez, one of the world famous guitarists,
when Mr. Fernandez was performing a concert in Bangkok. And also in January 2002 and October 2003,
He was invited to play in Katmandhu Guitar Festival, Nepal.
Woratep used to be Head of the Guitar Department at Chintakarn Music School in 1991. Moreover, he took part in founding the Bangkok Guitar Quartet and the Bangkok Guitar Society where he takes the position of manager and president respectively.
His works such as Guitar Lai Thai I, II are available on cassettes and CDs.
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