Win Pongsakorn Lertvanitsutha was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He started playing trumpet at age of eleven. In 2014, he completed his bachelor’s degree with first honors. In 2015, he was accepted to study jazz trumpet performance for undergraduate study with Prof. Jim Rotondi at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. In 2017, after he graduated his second bachelor’s degree, he continued his graduate study and completed his master’s degree in jazz trumpet performance in 2019.
In February 2020, he released his debut album “Yes, it is! introducing Win Pongsakorn” as a leader with Cellar Live Music and his album appeared in the top 50 JazzWeek chart for 14 weeks.
In January 2021, his album appeared on JazzWeek chart top 100 jazz albums of the year 2020.
“Yes, it is!” won the Silver Medal prize (Outstanding Achievement) in 3 different categories, which were: the composition prize, the composer prize and the emerging artist prize during the Global Music Awards 2021.
Win Pongsakorn received an outstanding jazz soloist award from the Downbeat Magazine Student Awards Competition in 2020. In his music career, he has achieved many prizes. In 2009, he received Second Prize at the Thailand Trumpet Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2013, he received Third Prize in the 14th Osaka International Music Competition, Osaka, Japan in the Duo Category and in 2017, he received First Prize at the Žilina International Jazz Competition in Žilina, Slovakia.
Over many years, he has had opportunities to work and perform with various artists and bands from all over the world such as: Randy Brecker, Jim Rotondi, Luis Bonilla, Michael Abene, Sheila Jordan, Bobby Shew, Ed Neumeister, Ed Partyka, Robben Ford, Joe Fiedler, Ray Anderson, the JMI Jazz World Orchestra and the KUG Jazz Orchestra.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
All About Jazz, Jack Bowers
"Pongsakorn has a keen melodic ear, and either he heard a lot of jazz while growing up in Thailand or he simply took to the idiom like a duck to water. In either case, Pongsakorn displays a lissome, burnished style reminiscent of such masters as Blue Mitchell, Carmell Jones, Marvin Stamm, Bobby Shew or the above-mentioned Mr. Rotondi."