Ekachai Jearakul played in Carnegie Hall on Friday and is on his way to play for us here in Austin on Saturday! In the midst of this international superstar’s globe trotting for his current Guitar Foundation of America tour, we were able to squeeze in some time to ask him a few questions about where he draws inspiration from and his musical career thus far.



What inspired you to begin studying Classical Guitar at such a young age?
I was first inspired by the music of the King of Thailand. I originally started my musical training on the trumpet but I heard a friend play an arrangement of “Hungry Man Blues” on classical guitar, by the King, and I knew I wanted to play guitar.

Which musicians have inspired you the most in your musical career?
John Williams was a true guitar hero of mine and I listened to his albums quite a lot when I first began to study the guitar. I also wanted to mimic his career by playing in the same concert halls he played in.

What is your favorite piece of music to play? Why?
I love to play the music of Agustín Barrios. His compositions are so beautiful and he really understood the instrument like Chopin did on the piano.

Of all the countries you’ve gotten to travel to, where was your favorite place to visit/play? Why?
Madrid, Spain. The architecture is incredible, there’s a real big city bustle, and I was so captivated by the combination of cultures.

12112065_953036928103128_5900439952495041590_n How was your experience playing for the Royal Family of Thailand?
It was a tremendous honor to play in front of the Royal Family; I was not nervous but humbled to have the opportunity. It still is one of my biggest dreams to play in front of the King.

What are your plans after you complete the GFA tour?
More touring! I’m looking to do more orchestra collaborations, finish my Mel Bay publication on the music of the King of Thailand, and record another CD on the GHA label.

For more details about his concert on Saturday click here, or call us at (512) 300-2247.