Padet Netpakdee - a Thailand-based Classical Guitarist
Born in Chiang Mai, a province in the northern part of Thailand that is rich in arts and cultures, Padet began exploring music through traditional and regional musical instruments. He started taking formal classical guitar lesson at the age of ten with local instructors: Pracha Jaitae and Manoon Ploypradab. The receipt of Gold Medal Prize at the age of fourteen from the Thailand Youth Music Competition which was an all-instrument competition and the first prizes from Yamaha Thailand Music Festival in the years 1999 to 2003 consecutively ensured him to pursue a career in music.
Padet went to College of Music, Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand), majoring in classical guitar performance, and received a Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honors in 2009. There, he studied with the pioneers of classical guitar teaching in the country: Suvich Klinsmith, Leon Koudelak, and Nalin Komentrakarn; and Dr. Paul Cesarczyk who has effectively contributed to advancing his perspectives in the world of classical guitar and academics. During his bachelor study, Padet started giving private lessons and found teaching as his calling in addition to his enjoyment in performing.
In 2010, Padet applied and was offered a scholarship to continue his study in the Master of Music program at Conservatorium Maastricht (Maastricht, the Netherlands) where he studied with maestro Carlo Marchione and had his musical ideas and techniques solidified. There, he shared experiences and classrooms with many top-class musicians from Europe and other countries.
In 2013, Padet studied with maestro Sergio Assad in the Professional Studies Diploma Program at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (California, USA). He also received coaching from David Tanenbaum and Marc Teicholz.
His interest in music and studies is furthered to arranging and composing music, orchestration, and transcription; and not limited to classical training.
Recently, Padet has accepted to teach at Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, a conservatory that offers degrees in music in high professional level.