Vietnam-Japan friendship concert in Hanoi

A Vietnam-Japan friendship concert, featuring Vietnamese and Japanese musicians will take place at V-Artroom in Hanoi on August 20.

The event will present music lovers Vietnamese and Japanese popular songs, as well as famous Western classical compositions.

They will be performed by oboist Hoang Manh Lam, viola artist Phung Hoai Thu, Japanese pianists Izuo Risa and Sakai Haruka.

Hoang Manh Lam has started studying oboe at Viet Nam National Academy of Music. He got Master Degree in 2014. In 2005 and 2006, he was a member of the Cisma Symphony Orchestra (canton international summer music academy in China). In 2007, he took part in the master class in Malmo(Sweden) under the instruction of professor Asger Svendsen. In 2011, Lam had a scholarship to study at Temple University-Philadelphia in the USA. He is currently the Principal oboe at the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

Phung Hoai Thu was born in 1995. She started playing the violin when she was 5 years old. Along with her main course of violin she also practices viola as her second instrument. She attended two music summer camps in Norway in 2012 and 2013. Thu performed with the Asian Youth Orchestra in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Singapore from 2013-2014. She is studying in the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia since 2014.

Izuo Risa was born in 1985 in Osaka. She was introduced to piano at the age of 6 years. She learned to play the piano and vocal at Osaka University of Arts. After graduation, she worked at music school for 7 years as a piano and vocal teacher. She currently is teaching piano and vocal at a kindergarten in Hanoi.

Sakai Haruka started Jazz music self-taught at the age of 10. She then went to SENZOKU College of Music to receive formal training in Jazz. After graduating she performed Jazz Piano in Tokyo for 3 years and wrote songs. Haruka now is a music teacher a kindergartne in Hanoi. Haruka latest album is “KI O KU”. This is the 2nd release of Japanese songs Project that Haruka and Japanese young musician started in 2013.


By Kim Khanh

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