The Youth Violin Club of Chiangrai was created by Mr Paramet Lerdkasem in 2001. From its start with 50 students, it later evolved to become the quality ensemble of today:
The Chiangrai Youth Orchestra.
The aims of the orchestra is to introduce the string instruments to the children of the country side and teach them to love and play classical music.
Students of all origins and cultures are welcome in the orchestra and over twenty of them come from the Chiangrai hill tribes.
After several years of hard work, and without supporting budget from the government, the aims have been reached.
With the help of foreign violin masters such as Geertje Podevyn, of Belgium, and Mr Wittaya Tumornsoontorn, of the Board of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Mr Paramet Lerdkasem and his orchestra is now renowned and has been aplauded around the country.
Today, the Chiangrai Youth Orchestra is formed by around 80 students selected from 10 schools of the Chiangrai province and performed in places such as embassies, high end hotels, King's birthday parties.
The aims and chalenges for the future include building an auditorium, practice with the best teachers, acquire more quality instruments for disadvanted students and keep offering complementary lessons to the most talented.