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Bird Ekachai Jearakul is considered one of the most outstanding classical guitarists on the international scene. When performing in Asia, his image covers entire skyscrapers.
Born in 1987 in Thailand, Ekachai Jearakul started guitar studies at the age of thirteen.
His professional training as a full scholarship student began at Mahidol University College of Music, where he completed a Bachelor in Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance with Dr. Paul Cesarczyk. Subsequently, Ekachai went on to earn a Master’s degree in Guitar Performance at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with Professor Marco Tamayo.
In 2014, he became the first Asian guitarist to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation America International Concert Artist Competition. This prize entails a fifty-concert tour in North and South America, including a Carnegie Hall debut in New York City sponsored by the D’Addario Foundation, a Mel Bay publication, and recordings on the Naxos and GHA labels with worldwide distribution.
Between 2003 and 2014, Ekachai earned an impressive list of honors, which include twelve first prizes at prestigious international guitar competitions in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has performed in over sixteen countries, including Thailand, China, France, Korea, Russia, Greece, Japan, Austria, England, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia, Spain, Singapore and the United States.
In 2011, he was commissioned for new arrangements and made a recording of the music of the King of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.