Ivan Sharapov ten hours played in honor of king’s birthday in Thailand

© RIA Novosti / Evgeny Belenkiy 10-hour music marathon by Russian pianist Ivan Sharapova birthday of the king of Thailand. 26 July 2018Ivan Sharapov ten hours played in honor of king’s birthday in Thailand© RIA Novosti / Evgeny Belenky

Living in Thailand Russian pianist Ivan Sharapov played on Thursday in Bangkok ten-hour music marathon in honor of the upcoming July 28, the birthday of king Maha of Wachiralongkon (Frame X).

The concert of Russian pianist in the lobby of the shopping center River City in Bangkok started at 10.00 (06.00 GMT) with the performance of the Thai Royal anthem, written 130 years ago, in 1888, Russian composer Petr Surowski, and ended at 20.30 (16.30 GMT) the national anthem of the Russian Federation.

Within ten hours of Sharapov played classical and popular songs, opening each new hour concert one of the musical works of the late king Phumiphon Adulyadet (Rama IX), the father of the now reigning monarch.

In 2017, the first anniversary of the death of Rama IX, who died on 89-m to year of life in October 2016, Sharapov played his first nine-hour music marathon in memory of the monarch who reigned in Thailand for 70 years.

Initiative Sharapova has attracted a lot of attention of the Thai public, the media and friends of Russia, of Russians living and working in Thailand, the Ambassador said. «Throughout today, hundreds, perhaps, even more than a thousand people came, stood, listened, applauded, enjoyed the music, was surprised with what zeal and dedication Ivan played all of these ten hours,» said Barsky.

«I think that Ivan is right when he says that it is a gift not only from him personally but also on behalf of our entire Russian community in Thailand, for which, of course, many thanks to him. I think we all, Russians living and working in Thailand can be proud that we have such a compatriot. This project will be long remembered and will make a significant contribution to the development of our cultural and friendship ties with Thailand,» the Ambassador said.