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Hanoi concert to feature classical music by world-renown composers

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Conductor Kim Xuan Hieu will lead the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in two concerts in Hanoi on April 26 & 27 (Photo: soi.today)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Vietnam National Symphony and Orchestra (VNSO) will perform a colourful and multi-faceted concert at the French Cultural Centre under the baton of conductor Kim Xuan Hieu and with soloists Pham Van Hieu and Tran Hien on April 26 & 27. 

The concert will feature baroque, classical, romantic and 20th century classical music by four composers - French Gabriel Faure, Italian Benedetto Giacomo Marcello, Danish Launy Grondahl and Austrian Franz Schubert.

Schubert’s Symphony No1 will be premiered in Vietnam whilst trompette soloist Hieu will also perform Marcello’s Concerto for Trumpette for the first time. 

"Schubert is considered the last of the classical composers and one of the first romantic ones. His Symphony No1 is more classical than romantic," said conductor Hieu. "Marcello’s Concerto for Trumpette is an original for oboe. The piece is also played by small trumpette in the world because the two brass instruments have similar timbre".

"Hieu and Hien are soloists in the orchestra. But it is a rare chance for them to play solo at a concert," the conductor said. 

Trombone soloist Hien will play Grondahl’s Concerto for Trombone. 

Faure’s La Pavane will open the concert. The piece was composed in 1887 and inspired by the pavane dance. It is one of Faure’s most popular performances due to its deliberate but delicate tempo. 

Conductor Hieu graduated from the Vietnam Academy of Music (VNAM) and was sent to study performing art teaching methods at the Frederic Chopin Conservatory in Paris. He also studied conducting in Vietnam and joined master classes in Oslo, Norway with Professor Thomas Rimul. He has conducted Vietnamese and Norwegian orchestras. 

As a VNAM student, Hieu founded and has been a leader of the Hanoi Brass Band in 1998 with six musicians, including Hieu and Hien. He is currently master of horn and assistant conductor at the VNSO. 

Trombonist Hien has worked at the VNSO since 1991. He has attended master classes with American Professor Henry Novac and Norwegian musician Terje Alexander Grondhahl. He is currently master of trombone at the VNSO. He has performed in many countries, such as the US, Italy, Russia, Japan, Thailand and China. He received a Meritorious Artist title in 2012. 

Trumpeter Hieu became an official VNSO member in 2007. He studied with Norwegian Professor Arnulf Naur Nilsen in Norway in 2008 and performed with the Norwegian Military Band. He also studied and performed with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2012 under Japanese tutors Professor Yukihiro Sekiyama and Professor Sachio Hotokezaka. 

The concert will begin at 8pm at L’espace, 24 Trang Tien street.-VNA

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