A Brief History of Thai Youth Orchestra : TYO

Founded in 1986, the orchestra is the oldest youth ensemble in Thailand. Its co-founder, Prof. Phukorn Srinarong, then concertmaster of Bangkok Symphony, became the orchestra’s first Music Director. Department of Cultural Promotion began its role as a caretaker of TYO in 1990, making Thailand Cultural Center the orchestra’s home.
In 2006 TYO became the first, and remain the only, music ensemble to be granted Royal Patronage by the late HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana.

Objectives

TYO was created with a clear vision: to create international standard youth symphony orchestra, grooming aspiring professional musicians and other career leaders through music education, and represent Thailand’s rich cultural heritage through classical music, arguably the world’s most significant art form for any developed country across the world.

For the past 32 years, TYO have initiated annual auditions for Thai musicians aged between 10-25 years old, regardless of religion, education, and family backgrounds. Around 100 talented individuals are chosen out of 250-plus applicants to form a large symphony orchestra.

Each weekend, members meet at Thailand Cultural Centre to receive music workshops by the country’s top professionals, and rehearse as an orchestra by music director.

Activities

Each season, annual music camp is held across the provincial Thailand as part of the outreach cultural and education program, engaging local music students and teachers with TYO instructors and gain experience performing alongside the ensemble. The local public enjoy free concerts with music aimed to create happiness through different styles of music.

Regular concerts have been held at TYO’s home, Thailand Cultural Centre, and other venues in a more casual settings such as parks, malls, and government functions. These activities have created positive awareness towards music as performing art, education, and lifestyle.

TYO have produced over 1,500 professional Thai musicians, achieving major successes in their endeavours such as Silpathorn Artists, deans of music colleges and many other prominent positions including concertmasters and principles in major orchestras across Thailand and the region including RBSO & TPO.

Since 2017, the new management team, led by Dr. Paye Srinarong who took over from his father as music director, alongside various former and present senior members of the orchestra, have initiated a new, more creative approach to TYO, in order to re-brand the historic organization. The team receives positive support from the Department of Cultural Promotion and Ministry of Culture.

Our Staff

Prof. Phukorn Srinarong

Prof. Phukorn Srinarong

Co-founder and first Music Director
Dr.Akkrawat Paye Srinarong

Dr.Akkrawat Paye Srinarong

Music director
Naruecha Sirisoda

Naruecha Sirisoda

Band manager