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Supakorn Aekaputra

Supakorn Aekaputra

PhD Student

Wolfson College
Barton Road

Cambridge CB3 9BB


Supakorn is currently reading for his PhD in Music Theory and Analysis at Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Professor Julian Horton and Professor Ian Cross. Broadly speaking, his PhD topic, 'Cyclic Procedures in the Instrumental Music of Arnold Schoenberg,' examines how the idea of cyclic form was understood, perceived, and applied by the composer Arnold Schoenberg in various stages of his compositional output.

Prior to coming to Cambridge, Supakorn studied Master of Music in Musicology at King's College London (degree awarded with Merit in January 2016.) His Master's dissertation, '(Re)evaluating Réti,' under the supervision of Dr Michael Fend, examines the applicability of Rudolph Réti's treatise 'The Thematic Process in Music (1951)' as well as revising the value of twentieth-century approach of thematic analysis in general.

Supakorn completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance (First-Class Honours with Gold Medal; 4.00 GPA) from Chulalongkorn University (2014,) under the supervision of Associate Professor Tongsuang Israngkun. He also holds five music diplomas from London College of Music (FLCM, LLCM,) Trinity College London (LMusTCL, ATCL,) and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM.)

He currently resides in Cambridge, UK. In his spare time, he likes to read novels (especially those by J.R.R. Tolkien,) watch and critically analyse Japanese anime & Hollywood films, listen to all sorts of music ranging from Gregorian Chant to Owl City, meditate on Zen Buddhism, eat white chocolate and ice-cream, brew and drink tea, buy books and plush toys, as well as trying out fountain pens and ink.

Research Interests

  • 19th-Century History of Music Theory
  • 20th-Century History of Music Theory
  • Analysis
  • Schoenberg
  • Theoretical Criticisms
  • Formenlehre

Side Interests

  • Anime Music
  • Film Music
  • Zen

Awards and Diplomas

  • Honorary Plaque from Trinity College London for achieving the highest marks in LMusTCL Music Theory, 2014.
  • Chulalongkorn University Gold Medal, granted by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, for graduating with the highest overall GPA of the department, 2014.
  • Fellowship of London College of Music (FLCM) Diploma in Piano Performance, 2014.
  • Licentiate of Trinity College London (LMusTCL) Diploma in Music Theory (awarded with distinction), 2013.

  • Honorary Plaque for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Fine and Applied Arts, granted by Professor Pirom Kamolratanakul, President of Chulalongkorn University, 2013.

  • Certificates and Scholarships of Remarkable Educational Progress from the Thammasat University Savings and Credit Cooperative, 1999-2014.

  • Honorary Plaque from Chief Examiner of London College of Music, Philip Aldred, 2012.

  • Licentiate of London College of Music (LLCM) Diploma in Piano Performance (approved with upper level), 2011.

  • Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in Piano Performance, 2011.

  • Certificate of Achievement in the Semi-Final Round of Thailand's 13th Youth Music Competition, organized by College of Music, Mahidol University and the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), 2009.

  • Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Diploma in Piano Performance, 2008.

  • Hedy King Robinson Prize for Excellence in Music Theory, awarded by Mr James T. Robinson Jr. of Phenix City, Alabama, 2008.

  • Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) scholarship offer, 2006.

Other Professional Activities

  • Junior Recital (February 2013) at Tongsuang's Studio, Bangkok. Pieces performed are
    Fauré - Nocturne in e-flat minor, op. 33 no. 1
    Beethoven - Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, op. 110
    Dhamabutra - 'Narmada' Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra
    (Encore: Einaudi - Nuvole Bienche)
  • Graduation Recital (February 2014) at Tongsuang's Studio, Bangkok. Pieces performed are
    Schubert - Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
    Franck/Bauer - Prelude, Fugue, et Variation op. 18
    Corigliano - Fantasia on an Ostinato
    (Encore: Beethoven - Piano Sonata in c minor, op. 111 [II])
  • Anime Recital (December 2018) at Lee Seng Tee Hall, Wolfson College, Cambridge. Pieces performed are 
    Jun Maeda - Negaiga Kanau Basho & Danko Dai Kazoku (from Clannad)

    Radwimps - Kataware Doki, Theme of Mitsuha – Date – Date 2, Nandemonaiya (abridged), Sparkle (movie version), Goshintai (enhanced), and Zen Zen Zense (from Your Name)

    Masaru Yokoyama - Watashi no Uso, Kimi wa Wasurareru no, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Kyou no Koto wa Wasurerarenai yo (modified), Kimi ga Iru, and Yuujin A (from Your Lie in April)

    Kousuke Atari - Natsu Yuuzora (from Natsume Yuujinchou)

    Toru Kitajima - Unravel (from Tokyo Ghoul)

    (Encore: Hiroyuki Sawano - Vogel im Käfig (from Attack on Titan)


Radio Broadcast
  • “New Blood” Special Programme – Supakorn's Performance of Piano Pieces by C. Franck, A. Berg, and J. Corigliano was nationally broadcasted in July 2014 on Radio Thailand World Service FM 88.0 MHz.

Key Publications

  • Aekaputra, S. 'Cyclic Procedures in the Instrumental Music of Arnold Schoenberg.' PhD Thesis, Julian Horton and Ian Cross (supervisors), University of Cambridge (in progress.)
  • _______. '(Re)evaluating Réti.' MMus Dissertation, Michael Fend (supervisor), King's College London, 2015.

Other Publications

Academic Articles

  • Zen Zen Zense: Thematic Integrity and Recollection in Radwimps' Your Name. Published in December 2017 on LinkedIn.
  • Berg's Sonata op. 1: Analysis. King's College London, 2015.
  • The Right Step?: On Jazz Graded Music Exams. King's College London, 2015.
  • Only Connect: Human Relationships, Love, and Music in E. M. Forster's Howards' End. King's College London, 2015. 
  • Artist's Authority. King's College London, 2014.
  • Musical Policing in Diploma Examinations. King's College London, 2014.
  • Vivaldi's Picturesque. King's College London, 2014.
  • Total Serialism and Indeterminate Music. Published in March 2014 (Volume 1, No. 1) on Journal of Fine and Applied Arts (JFAA), Chulalongkorn University.
  • Haydn's Last Five Piano Sonatas: Their Influences on Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Published in December 2013 (Volume 8, No. 2) on Music Journal, Conservatory of Music, Rangsit University.

  • An Analysis of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire: Colombine. Published in November 2013 (Volume 19, No. 3) on Music Journal, College of Music, Mahidol University.

  • An Analysis of Haydn's Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 52 (in Thai Language). Published in December 2015 (Volume 7, No. 2) on Journal of Fine and Applied Arts, Khon Kaen University.

Non-Academic Articles

  • Inception: Life, Death, Dreams, Reality. Published in June 2018 on LinkedIn.
  • Zootopia: A Film Theory of Gender. Published in February 2018 on LinkedIn.
  • Ponyo Makes Sense! Published in September 2016 on LinkedIn.
  • The Little Prince (2015) Film Theory. Published in September 2016 on LinkedIn.

Composition & Orchestration

  • Fantasia on Locrian Mode for piano solo, 2012. (Public premiere 28th February 2016 at Trinity College London Awards Ceremony, Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, Thailand)

    Composition quasi improvisation for piano solo, in ternary (ABA) form, with uses of Locrian and Major/minor modes. Inspired by Clive Barker's prologue to the books of Abarat.

  • Orchestration on Vichayani Piaklin's “Just One Word”, 2011.