The Khmer King

Norodom Sihamoni

Samdech Preah Bâromneath Norodom Sihamoni (* 14 May 1953 in Phnom Penh) is the king of Cambodia. He is the oldest common child of King Norodom Sihanouk and Queen Monineath.

His early childhood spent Norodom Sihamoni in Cambodia. At the age of nine he was sent to Prague for further training. Among other things, he also received ballet lessons there. In 1967 he played in the film Le petit prince, which his father turned, who repeatedly worked as a filmmaker. At the same time, he continued his dancer training in the then Czechoslovakia and was there with the "1. National Prize for Classical Dance ". His further artistic studies led him to Russia (then Soviet Union) and North Korea, where he received a diploma in cinematography in 1976.
Norodom Sihamoni (Banteay Srei, Angkor, 2004)
In 1976, shortly after the Khmer Rouge seized power, he returned to Cambodia where he was placed under house arrest with the other members of the royal family. It was not until 1978 that the family left for Peking (People's Republic of China) in the course of the invasion of the Vietnamese troops.
Three years later, in 1981, Norodom Sihamoni moved to Paris (France) and became a teacher at the "Gabriel Fauré" Conservatory. He also founded his own dance group, the "Ballet Deva". Since 1993 he has been Ambassador of Cambodia to UNESCO in Paris.
On October 14, 2004, Norodom Sihamoni was appointed king by the nine-member throne council. His election was supported by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Speaker of the National Assembly Prince Norodom Ranariddh (an elderly half-brother of Norodom Sihamoni) (both of whom are ex officio members of the throne council).
The coronation took place on 29 October 2004 in Phnom Penh.
Norodom Sihamoni is unmarried and childless. He also speaks Czech, Russian, French and English in addition to his mother tongue Khmer.
Bildungshintergrund:
1959-1962: Grundschule an der Norodom-Schule und dann an der Abitur Descartes in Phnom Penh.
1962-1967: Primar- und Sekundarschule an der Prager Gymnasialschule (Tschechoslowakei).
1967-1971: Tanz-, Musik- und Theaterkurse am Nationalen Konservatorium von Prag.
1970:  High School Zertifikat -Prag (mit "sehr guten" Marken).
1971:  Erster Preis des klassischen Tanzes des Nationalen Konservatoriums von Prag.
1971-1975: Höhere Tanz-, Musik- und Theaterkurse, Akademie für Musikkunst Prags.
1975:  Absolvent der Akademie für Musikkunst von Prag.
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