Vietnamese students win prizes from international music competitions

The Viet Nam National Symphony and Orchestra said that Vietnamese piano students grabbed top prizes at the Val Tidone International Music Competitions and Piano Talents 2014 International Competition for Young Pianists, which wrapped up in Milan, Italy.

Vietnamese students had made surprises for audience when they won the first prize in three categories out of five categories of piano competition.

Nguyen Hoang Linh Phuong won the first prize of the FREE category, Nguyen Hoang Phuong Thy topped the age of 7-9 category and Quach Hoang Nhi won the first prize for the age of 10-12 category.

Especially, Nguyen Hoang Phuong Thy was also bestowed as the competitions' best performer after beating out 15 excellent contestants who won piano, accordion, vocal music and guitar contests.

40 contestants from 11 countries and territories performed piano in the 17th Val Tidone Competition final round. Vietnamese students are youngest contestants but they beat out experienced competitors; accordingly jury boards appraised them in the prize awarding ceremony.

In other international music event Nguyen Hoang Phuong Thy won the first prize of group A age and Quach Hoang Nhi grasped the second prize at the Piano Talents 2014 International Competition for Young Pianists which has 109 competitors from 31 nations.

Most of competition participants performed difficult works of Schumann, Liszt and Grieg that require deep thinking and high performance skills to meet a professional standard though competitors are from 8-10 year old.

By Mai An - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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