Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – The Vietnam Symphony and National Orchestra will perform with guest artists in a concert tonight at the Hanoi Opera House.
Under the baton of Min Chung, the orchestra and guest pianist Nguyen The Vinh will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 as the first part of the concert.
South Korean conductor Chung is currently guest conductor of the Haydn di Trento e Bolzano Orchestra and music director of the Gangneung Philharmonic Orchestra.
He made his conducting debut in 2007 with the Aloysius Symphony Orchestra (formerly known as the Boystown Symphony Orchestra), an orchestra based in Busan, South Korea, consisting mainly of children from underprivileged backgrounds and orphans.
His collaboration with the orchestra culminated in unprecedented and triumphant performances at Carnegie Hall in 2010 and Suntory Hall in 2012.
Since then, he has continued to tour extensively with the orchestra in South Korea and abroad and has effectively established the orchestra as one of the top youth orchestras in the country.
The Piano Concerto No. 1 is one of the most popular pieces of its genre. It was composed in 1874-1875, updated four years later and revised again up to 1889.
The 32-minute piece was debuted in 1919 by the Los Angles Philharmonic with conductor Walter Henry Rothwell and solo pianist Rudolph Ganz.
The concerto was last performed by pianist Luu Hong Quang with VNSO under the direction of Mark Kadin in 2017.
“The concerto is a masterpiece of classical music and it is a musical treasure,” said pianist Nguyen The Vinh. “It requires finesse and refinement on the part of the performer. In recent years, I have listened to the pieces played by the world’s soloists to learn more.
“However, the more I listen to the piece, the more difficulty I find. I practiced for a year for this concert. I had wanted to play this concerto for a long time.”
Vinh’s musical talent was discovered when he was five years old. He received international awards at a music festival in Cheonan, Republic of Korea, and a competition in Malaysia. He has also performed with American conductor Clay Couturiaux and Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna.
He temporarily stopped studying for a scholarship at Shattuck-St Mary’s School in the United States due to a family incident. He is currently studying at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.
After an intermission, the orchestra will play Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony No. 3.
The concert will begin at 8 p.m.
Ticket available on Hanoi Opera, 1 Trang Tien Street; STAR LOTUS 111 rue Mai Hac De; and JTB-TNT Hanoi – 6M Floor, Pan Pacific Hanoi, 1 Thanh Nien Street.
For ticket delivery, please call 0965 765 946 or 0913 489 858./.