ASEAN Youth Ensemble (AYE)

The ASEAN Youth Ensemble (AYE) project is a partnership project between Ministry of Culture, Thailand and the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music. Initiated in parallel to the International Symposium ‘Classical Music in ASEAN Context’ in 2014, AYE aims at promoting collaborations between young musicians in South East Asia through joint performances and also to encourage music experts and composers from each country to research ways in which to combine their respective musical traditions.





For this year’s AYE performance in the context of our International Symposium 2018 exploring “Music and socio-cultural developments of the ASEAN”, we have invited young musicians and composers from each country to create dialogues between the ASEAN traditions in collaboration with students from Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, member of our Youth Orchestra (PYO), and also guest performers from Ensemble TIMF, Seoul National University and our other partner universities/ orchestra within the region.



PGVIM’s International Symposium ‘Music and Socio-Cultural Development 2018’

At last year’s symposium we explored the myths and realities that lie at the heart of musical cultures the world over. This year, we expand on this discussion through an examination of the myriad of ways in which musical styles and meanings morph over time.

Musical traditions are constantly being reimagined and transformed as each generation adapts them to suit their own cultural values and needs. Some musical languages have been lost in transition—their original sonic properties and aesthetic impetus obscured by wave upon wave of adaptation. At the same time, musical reinterpretations and reinventions have given rise to new musics with novel semantics.

Musical metamorphoses include both evolutions and devolutions: while the blind reproduction of musical ideas has given us pale and tedious clichés that fail to inspire, informed and creative transformations have, in many cases, helped to preserve the life force of a certain branch of the musical tree.


Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (PGVIM)

Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, Thailand, is a unique conservatory of music with a contemporary approach to classical music. Initiated in 2007 as a royal project celebrating the occasion of the 84th birthday of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, the Princess has graciously given her name to the new endeavour: the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music, or PGVIM.

Following her royal vision to educate new audiences develop an international standard for Thai musicians, as well as to educate new audiences, the Institute aims to create platforms through our Education Populaire and Audience Development Projects for students, musicians, professionals and general audiences to exchange their musical experiences, make dialogues, and share their love of music together.


The Institute’s goal is to be a leading international conservatory of music, with our missions being 1) to support our young talents in their pursuit of musical excellence, 2) to promote a better understanding of music and expand the role of music within society, and 3) to develop new knowledge in music and interdisciplinary subjects. Our creatively designed curriculum and education populaire programs provide opportunities for students and the general public to learn the skills of music-making while developing their understanding of music as a tool for the advancement of mankind and for a harmonious society, within the contemporary context of the world.