9th Grade RIS Musician Performs at Carnegie Hall

By Elisia Brodeur

Setthavat (Loogmoo) Krairiksh, a Freshman in High School at RIS, is an extremely accomplished piano player. Earlier this year, he was invited to play at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in midtown Manhattan, New York City. I interviewed Loogmoo to learn more about his experience and to shine a light on the talents of another of our awe-inspiring students.

Playing at Carnegie Hall is a huge honor! Tell me how you were invited to play there.

I had participated in an event called the “Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition,” which is open to all nationalities and ages. Selected winners were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

I was awarded in 1st prize and so was fortunate to be one of the musicians selected to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Have you performed at other overseas venues too?

Yes, I also had the opportunity to perform in a concert tour in Italy in 2016. I played in Bologna, Florence, and Scansano.

You recently competed in a local competition. Can you tell me more about that?

The competition was the “4th Siam International Piano Competition 2018,’’ which is held every three years in Bangkok. There were about 60–70 participants in total and four age-group categories: 7–9-year-olds, 10–12-year-olds, 13–16-year-olds (my group), and 17–23-year-olds.

It was a great experience! I was awarded 2nd prize and also received special prizes for the Best Sonata piece and the Best Compulsory piece, which was a musical composition by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

How long have you been playing and what are some of your favorite pieces to play?

I started playing the piano when I was 5 years old, so I’ve been playing for 10 years. I usually like to play light and easy-listening classical music, such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert.

What would you say are the top factors in your success so far?

The first is that I practice, every day. And it’s also important that I really get to know the music I’m playing.

How do you balance your time?

I usually practice piano for about one hour every day, but if I get home late, I probably practice for only around 20–30 minutes so I can have more time for homework and review.

What do you enjoy most about being a student here, and how do you feel RIS supports you as a musician?

I enjoy the school community, both students and teachers. During my three years at RIS, the school has been very supportive of my music activities and teachers and faculty have helped me catch up a lot of the work that I missed because of various performances and competitions.

What do you like to do outside of school?

I like to travel and eat out at nice places. In my free time, I also enjoy composing music, attending concerts, and seeing different musical venues.

What do you love most about piano playing?

My goal is to try my best to make everyone happy through the music. I also try to get my audience to really feel and absorb the power and emotion of the music as well.

What are your future plans?  

My interest will always be in music, however, I would also like to focus on music composition and plan to pursue that in college.

Do you have any advice for younger musicians who might be reading this?

I would like to say congratulations to any young musician who plays an instrument because I personally know that it is very tough to cope with practicing a piece/song, especially at a professional level. But I hope you all continue with it. And I also wish that you can find joy in learning more about the world of music.

RIS is very proud of your accomplishments, Loogmoo, and wishes you all the best as you continue your music studies.