Elegant Concert” by Aurora String Quartet in Hanoi

A night of chamber music presenting  masterpieces of Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn in the Classical period and Romantic period will take place at Heritage Space in Hanoi on May14.

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The “Elegant concert” will be performed by the Aurora string quartet that includes violinist Nguyen My Huong, violinist Nguyen Cong Thang, violinist Nguyen Thu Binh and cellist Nguyen Hong Anh.
The artists will introduce to music lovers the String quartet No. 10 in E flat major – “Harp”, Opus 74 and String quartet in A minor Opus 13 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Felix Mendelssohn. These works depict the life, the dream of people and devote to beauty.

Violinist Nguyen My Huong was born into a musical family. She started learning to play the violin at the age of 3. After finishing her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Huong took an advanced course at University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria .

Nguyen My Huong was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra and PMF Orchestra, she had participated in many training courses and exchange programs of symphony orchestras in Japan, China, Germany, Austria, the United States… In addition, she was invited to be the Chief violinist performing at Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, chief violinist 2 at Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; member of Hanoi Ensemble, Aurora string quartet, Trinity piano trio. She received the Special prize in “Contest for young talents” in Ho Chi Minh City in 1990; Award at “Autumn National Music Competition 2” in 1991.Huong teaches at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Violinist Nguyen Cong Thang was respected for his meticulous techniques and inspiring melodies. He obtained a Master degree in Violin performance the Vietnam National Academy of Music. Later, he attended the course Improving Violin Performing Arts at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Master Classes with famous violinists of the world such as Isac Stern, Josehp Silverstern…

Cong Thang has had many successful solo performances with orchestras at the Concert Hall- Vietnam National Academy of Music and Hanoi Opera House, performed with the orchestra of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in countries,  Austria, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Thailand.

In 2003 he was an official violin faculty of the College of Music, Mahidol University, Campus For General Public, Thailand and the Chief Violinist II of Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra; lectured and staged performances, annual violin festivals for students and had many successful performances at Mahidol University and the Thailand Cultural Center. His achievements were Violin First Prize at Autumn National Music Competition, 1990, the award “Best performance of Vietnamese works” Chamber Concert group at Autumn National Music Competition, 1993, Certificate of Improving Violin Performing Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Thang teaches and is Vice-Dean of String Department, Vietnam National Academy of Music.
Nguyen Cong Thang’s achievements: Violin First Prize at Autumn National Music Competition, 1990, the award “Best performance of Vietnamese works” Chamber Concert group at Autumn National Music Competition, 1993, Certificate of Improving Violin Performing Arts, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Violinist Nguyen Thu Binh obtained Master degree of Performing Arts with distinction at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, advanced professional training in the Republic of Austria and Japan. She won the second prize in Chamber Symphony at the contest Autumn National Music Competition.

Binh participated in many performances at the Asian Youth Orchestra, the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Asian- Japan Orchestra, Cisma Orchestra, China. She plays proficiently the two instruments violin, viola and is currently lecturer of String Department, Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Cellist Nguyen Hong Anh graduated Cello Department at the Vietnam National Academy of Music ; participated in advanced course at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Germany). She was a member of the Asian Youth Orchestra; CISMA Orchestra, Guangdong (China), Hanoi Ensemble, Aurora string quartet and Trinity trio. Currently, she teaches at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and is the Chief cellist of Hanoi Symphony Orchestra.

By Kim Khanh

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