Viet Nam News By Hồ Hoàng HÀ NỘI — There were no seats left in St. Joseph’s Cathedral on June 29th, when people packed the pews for the latest concert organised by Maestoso, a new initiative by talented young classical musicians on a mission to bring the music they love to a wider audience. The concert featured for young artists. First, violinist Hoàng Hồ Khánh Vân and pianist Hoàng Hồ Thu performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat Major – K454. Then, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor – Opus 19 was performed by cellist Phan Đỗ Phúc and pianist Lưu Đức Anh – one of the founders of Maestoso. More than duet partners, Thu and Vân are also sisters who have performed together since they first began studying classical music. At the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest on full … [Read more...] about Young group brings classical music to fans’ hearts
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Nguyen Do Anh Tuan, 23, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in the US. Continuing what has the makings of a sparkling career, he has just won the excellent conductor award in the Chorus Show " Viet Nam - Dat Nuoc Anh Hung " (Vietnam - The Heroic Country) held by the Ho Chi Minh Youth Federation and Ho Chi Minh City Television. He talks to Viet Nam News about his path to stardom. * Why did you decide to become a musician? Music has been with me all of my life - I started playing piano when I was 3 and singing when I was 4. It just seemed like the most natural thing to me. It is beyond a passion; it is what keeps me going. It gave me so much, so I have to keep pursuing it. I want to create and teach to keep music alive and help it to grow. * What have you learnt from American music while attending Berklee College? Music really has no borders, so we didn't just study American music. We listened, studied and collected different elements and aspects of music from … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s classical music star in the making
interviews Vietnamese violinist Hoang Tuan Cuong on why he chose to work and live in Germany, and why Viet Nam needs to fund more classical music. Bui Hoang Anh The Classic Toyota Concert at Ha Noi Opera House recently featured internationally recognised Vietnamese violinist Hoang Tuan Cuong performing with the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre. At the age of 14, Cuong received a special award at the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young Violinists and a scholarship from the Pfluger Foundation in Freiburg, Germany. Two years later he won the first prize at the Max Reger International Chamber Music Competition. As a student of the Freiburg Institute of Music, Cuong studied with Professor Rainer Kussmaul, Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and won the Young Artist Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia at the Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition. Since 2004, Cuong has been a member of the First Violin in the Hamburg Philharmonic … [Read more...] about VN needs to get back to classical roots
VietNamNet Bridge – He has amazed people by making musical instruments out of the most unlikely substances and playing different rhythms in tandem, but Mai Dinh Toi tells the reporters that he is yet to surpass his limit. Performing artiste Mai Dinh Toi has to his name three Vietnamese records and two Asian records in making musical instruments and performing with them. Having performed ethnic music for over 10 years, he is considered a living example of a passionate artiste who is dedicated to a certain kind of art, and who silently takes on a bigger challenge after every achievement. Born in 1959 in Thanh Hoa Province's Vinh Thinh Hamlet, as a little boy Toi listened to ethnic musical instruments and folklore melodies that used to be aired on the Voice of Viet Nam radio each day. "We only had a few radios in the region, so if I wanted to hear something more clearly I would press my ears against the neighbour's wall. Since then, I always thought of ways to adjust my radio's … [Read more...] about He can make music from anything!
Graham Sutcliffe, who has been living in Vietnam for 20 years, is now conductor of the Vietnam National Opera Ballet. Previously, he was the conductor of the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in Hanoi and also worked in Ho Chi Minh City. Sutcliffe sat down with Thanh Nien Weekly to explore the bigger picture of the development of classical music in Vietnam. Thanh Nien Weekly:You have worked with several orchestras in Vietnam. How do you assess Vietnam's symphony and chamber music compared with those of other countries around the world? Graham Sutcliffe: I love working with orchestras in Vietnam. Vietnamese artists play music primarily because they love music. It's different in Europe, where people are concerned with earning a lot of money. Here, in Vietnam, people do it for their love of music, their love of art and culture. I am very excited to work with people who are passionate about music. The problem in Vietnam compared to other countries is that there are fewer players, so … [Read more...] about Competition necessary to develop the arts