Charity concert in aid of eye surgeries for poor Vietnamese

A charity concert featuring pianist Higuchi Ayuko from Japan will mark the 10th anniversary of free eye-surgery camps organized by Japanese doctor Hattori Tadashi, at the Park Hyatt Hotel in HCMC on October 1.

The concert will raise funds for eye operations for poor Vietnamese patients and also to help the tsunami victims in Japan.

Doctor Hattori Tadashi has done free eye operations on more than 10,000 poor Vietnamese patients since 2002. He has mobilized sponsors and dedicated his own personal money to fund eye surgeries and to train Vietnamese doctors.

Dr. Hattori practices in Japan but has been to Viet Nam 40 times over the years. He was awarded the medal of merit in 2007, by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health for his contribution in the prevention of blindness in Vietnam.

41 year old Jiguchi Ayuko, is a famous pianist in Japan. She was introduced to the piano at the tender age of 5 and joined the Kansai Symphony Orchestra when she was only 9 years old.

She has won several music awards such as the first prize at the 39th Music Festival in Japan, a gold medal at the 17th Japanese Piano Festival PTNA in 1985 and the first prize at the 10th Porto International Piano Contest.

She studied music at the Toho-Kyoto Music University and then continued to study at the Paris Music Academy with a scholarship from the Meiji Yashdu Culture Fund, graduating in 1997. Higuchi Ayuko has given many solo performances in many countries across the globe.

Tickets for the concert are priced at US$100 per person.

By K.T.G – Compiled by Kim Khanh

Other news