VN–US Friendship Concert in HCM City

A Vietnam and the United States friendship concert will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on August 29.

Classical music lovers will have a chance to enjoy perfromance by the American trio FUGU, including three talented artists Ming Tsu (piano), Lorenz Gamma (violin) and Joon Sung Jun (cello). The group has performed in many prestigious concert halls in America and Europe to great acclaims.

The trio will perform L.v. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano with famous violinist Bui Cong Duy, and the HBSO Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Tran Vuong Thach.

Bui Cong Duy is one of the leading violinists in the country. He is the first son of Pham Thuy Loan a cello teacher and Bui Cong Thanh, a violin instructor. They introduced their son to the violin at the age of five.

At nine years of age he won first prize in the Autumn National Music Competition. He then went on to study in Russia’s Novosibirk State Glinka Conservatory. After graduating, he entered the Tchaikovsky Music Institute in Moscow from 1998 - 2003.

Duy won first prize in international violin contests organized in Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg in 1993 and 1995. He also won the Tchaikovsky International Music Competition for violinists under 18 in 1997.

He was later admitted to the Viruous Moskva Chamber Orchestra, becoming the first foreign member of the world-famous orchestra in its 24 year history.

The 20-member orchestra, which performs regularly throughout the world, includes such international alumni as Vladimir Sprvakov, Boris Garlitzky, and Arkady Futer.

The violinist has over the years given recitals in Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Italy and France.

By Kim Khanh

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