Korak Lertpibulchai, originally from Thailand, graduated from Mahidol University (B.M, 2012) and Illinois State University (M.M, 2013). She is currently a Doctoral candidate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. Her primary teachers have included Dr. Eri Nakagawa, Dr. Joshua Russell, Dr. Mina Ivanova, Dr. Ramasoon Sitalayan, and Supaphon Vibulpanuvej.
Active as a performer, she has performed with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at Mahidol University, College of Music in the Spring of 2016. She has also performed as a solo performer at the Guest Artist Recital series (Illinois State University), the American Liszt Society Iowa Chapter, the Old Capitol’s Piano Sundays series (University of Iowa). Korak is also an active chamber musician, this past summer, Korak has performed with the VOCE Quartet in the chamber concert tour as part of the University of Iowa String Quartet residency program in as the Winterset stage, The Wilson Performing Arts Center, etc.
From 2014 to 2016, Korak served as the Performance Assistant at the University of Iowa which allowed her to perform as the pianist for the Center for New Music. During her tenure at the Center for New music, she has given world premieres at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Indiana University, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Iowa.
Korak has won prizes in competitions internationally and in Thailand such as the 2014 Schlern International Competition (Italy), the 11th Thailand Youth Music Competition etc. She is also a recipient of numerous scholarships for her music study from the University of Iowa, the Schubert Club, the Illinois State University, the Mahidol University, the Bangkok Chopin Society and the Siam Nakarin Music School.
Since 2016, Korak has assumed the position of collaborative faculty at the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy, where she coaches students and perform with faculty from around the world. She will also be performing at the Northwest University for Nationalities and the Xi'an Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2016 as part of a duo with Singaporean saxophonist, Leslie Wong.
Korak is currently preparing for a compact disc recording as a part of a pilot project by the University of Iowa which allows her to explore the sound palette and aesthetic of Thai contemporary music for the solo piano for her DMA dissertation.