Parinya Chucherdwatanasak, an apiring upcoming conductor, takes a final bow at Georgia State's Florence Kopleff Recital Hall. After receiving his bachelor's degree in music composition from Mahidol University in 2008, Parinya has just completed his final semester of a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at Georgia State University.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Parinya originally started out as a flutist. He has played with the most prestigious orchestras in Thailand, including the highly accomplished Mahidol Wind Symphony, who has earned a reputation as being one of the leading wind ensembles in Southeast Asia. In addition, he has played with the Mahidol Symphonic Band, Mahidol String Orchestra, Bangkok-Korean Youth Orchestra and KU Symphony Orchestra. He also has participated with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and the United University Orchestra of Thailand. Presently, he is the founder, music director and conductor of Salaya Modern Ensemble (SME), and the assistant graduate conductor of Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra.
Only 24 years old, he was asked what would he say to younger students that want to pursue a career in his field of study. 'I want them to know that the musical ability is God's gift that he has given them personally and individually. It is unique and no one can imitate what God has given them. They must nurture their own ability with perseverance, because God wants the best out of them.' As a undergraduate in Bangkok, Thailand, Parinya accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on Good Friday of 2006. As a Christian, Parinya says, 'I love God and want to give everything I have back to Him like he gave me Jesus.'
Parinya's friends fondly call him 'Joe'. If you would like to meet Parinya, he attends The MidtownBridge Church at the Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia. Pastor Larry Grays is senior pastor.