[col2]Raht has an A. Mus. T.C.L. from Trinity College in London, England and Diploma in Music Performance and Pedagogy from Yamaha Music Foundation in Tokyo, Japan. A devoted and firm believer of “rounded education,” he also earned a bachelor degree in Economics (B.Ec.) from Sydney University (Australia) where he was a Colombo Plan Scholar. He has an M.A. in Economics and an A.B.D in Economics from Northeastern University (Boston, U.S.A.), and has also completed graduate course work in higher education administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he also earned a Certificate of Mediation.

He is an Award Winner at the 11th International Electone Concour held in Japan receiving The Outstanding Performance Award for his award-winning original composition “Australia” which was later copyrighted by Yamaha and now can be heard on U-tube. “Australia” was composed specifically to feature the GX-I Yamaha Synthesizer. At the time, he represented Australia to the Electone Concour.

Raht has been working with and composing original music for dancers, dance teachers, and choreographers in the Massachusetts since the early 1980’s. He also worked with The Kirov Ballet of Russia, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada, and Dance North of Australia when they performed in Bangkok and, at times, The Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Company in Boston.

Raht has performed at the Sydney Opera House as well as in concert halls of other major cities of Australia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. In 2004, he was inducted into the Thailand Music Hall of Fame established by the Siamkolakarn Music Foundation (Yamaha Thailand.) He trains competitors and concert artists for various music competitions and concerts. He also sits on the panels of judges in music competitions and auditions. In fact, Raht very much enjoys the opportunity to teach everyone interested in learning to play the piano, and in both direct and indirect ways, to bring music into all lives and art forms.


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