Watchara Atchariyavaranon ‘Jeng’ (b. 1988) is one of the most renowned jazz trumpeters in Thailand. He graduated from Mahidol University, College of Music (B.Mus) and Master of music in Jazz studies at Mahidol.
Jeng’s musical journey began Montfort College Chiang Mai, where he began to play the trumpet the first year of his middle school. An opportunity to join “SAYOWE”(South East Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble music camp) cemented his mind to pursue music as a career. Since then he has won several accolades such as 1st Prize in the KPN Band Competition in 2004 and being a finalist in the Thailand International Jazz Competition in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
As a performer, Jeng has performed with the Mahidol Wind Symphony, Mahidol Jazz Orchestra, Root Man Band, Siam Cubano, Dixielogy, Smith Big Band, Siam Jazz Orchestra and ETC. He is also an active recording artist for commercials and television music in Thailand with Wild at Heart Co, Ltd.
As an educator, Jeng has taught at the Music Campus for General Public (Siam Paragon) and St. Andrews Samakee International School. He is currently the Brass Jazz instructor and Big Band conductor at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University.
For the 2019 editionl of the Festival, he will be playing with the Kinda Blue Quartet.