Jon Silpayamanant is a cellist and composer in New Albany. He is a graduate in cello performance in 1996 at the DePauw University School of Music. A versatile musician, he has since tour and performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. Performances have included appearances Grammy Award winners Yo-Yo Ma, Ray Price, and Hazzan Mike Stein. Silpayamanant has also appeared with late Miles Davis’ tabla player, Badal Roy and his Jazz combo as well as a number of world music, chamber ensembles, and multi-media music projects he’s co-founded.
Silpayamanant’s compositions and sound art has been featured in the UK on Channel 4 as part of Objective Productions programming; at the Vilnius Art Academy in Lithuania; on Açık Radyo in Istanbul; at Culture Fix in New York City, as well as several venues throughout the US. His recent commissions include electro-acoustic compositions for the currently touring Diverse Universe Performance Festival Nordic-Baltic Tour in Estonia and Finland for dancer, Christine Olson, and scores for several productions of Chicago based Commedia Beauregard Theatre’s “Bard Fiction” and “A Klingon Christmas Carol.”
An active educator, Silpayamanant is currently the Arts Institute Cello teacher and a Summer String Clinic coach at Indiana University Southeast. He frequently lectures and gives presentations on the arts; performing career opportunities; and workshops and clinics in improvisation and world music styles at colleges, high schools and other music organizations and festivals. Silpayamanant regularly leads sectionals and coachings in schools throughout the greater Louisville metropolitan area and has been the cello sectional coach with the Floyd County Youth Symphony since 2007.