Christopher Janwong McKiggan
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Christopher has won numerous awards including Gold medalist in the Seattle International Piano Competition, second prize winner in the solo division and third prize winner in the senior concerto division at the Kingsville International Music competition (2009), first prize winner in the Bradshaw and Buono International piano competition (2008), winner in the UMKC concerto/aria competition (2009), first prize of the MMTA Piano Collegiate State Level Competition (2006), the second century scholarship in the Sigma Alpha Iota auditions (2008), second prize in the Jefferson City Piano Concerto Competition (2009), first prize in the Kansas City Musical Club competition (2009), the Ruby McClure award from the Missouri Federation of music (2009) finalist in the World International Piano Competition, finalist in the Music Academy of the West Concerto competition (2009), Gold medal in the Fifth Thai National Youth Music Competition (2001), among others.

Born in Christchurch, England, Christopher began his piano studies at age six with his father. He moved to Thailand at age seven, residing with his father, a British citizen, and mother, a Thai citizen of Chinese heritage, and continued to study piano at the age of ten, with a number of renowned local teachers including Rodel Rivera, Indhuon Srikaranonda, Artas Balakauskas, Dr Bennett Lerner, Suda Bhanomyong and Jarmorn Supapol.

Christopher has participated in many music festivals including Thailand International Composition Festival (Guest Artist) Electronic Music Midwest (Guest Artist),Music Academy of the West, Bowdoin Music Festival, Lanna music festival among others. He has also performed at numerous venues including Weill Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, Hahn Hall, Jin Mao Concert Hall, Thai Cultural Center, the Goethe Institute, and Folley Theatre.

He is founding pianist with the Bangkok Piano Trio and Eon Piano Trio which one of their concerts was graced by the presence of H.R.H Princess Galyani Vadhana. The Eon Trio regularly performs every summer, and has performed a variety of places throughout Asia. Christopher has participated in master classes with many great artists including Jerome Lowenthal, Joseph Kalichstein, Robert McDonald, Lang Lang, Frederic Rzewski, Philippe Bianconi, Anthony de Mare and Konstantine Lifshitz and had coachings with members of the T’ang Quartet and the Takács Quartet. He has also collaborated with great composers of today including Claude Baker, Paul Lansky, Zhou Long, James Mobberly, Narong Prangcharoen, John Sharpley, Tison Street, and David Vayo.

Christopher recorded “Three Minds” by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, which was released by Albany records summer 2009 in the album “Phenomenon”.

He has also been featured in several Magazines and Newspaers in the US and Thailand including Cosmopolitan magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Men magazine, D-Guysociety.com magazine, Longmont Times Call, Daily sound and the Montecito Journal.

He is currently studying at the Shepherd school of music as a Master of Music Piano Performance under Prof. Jon Kimura Parker. At UMKC he studied with Dr. Robert Weirich and Dr. John McIntyre and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UMKC in 2010.

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