Vietnamese – French composer Nguyen Thien Dao (Source: VNA)
Paris (VNA) – Vietnamese – French contemporary classical music composer Nguyen Thien Dao, whose name is in France’s Le petit Larousse and Le Petit Robert dictionaries, died in Paris on November 20 (local time) at the age of 75.

Born in 1940 in Hanoi, Nguyen Thien Dao moved to France when he was 13 under the auspices of Paul Levy, the former director of the French Academy of the Far East (EFEO), and later entered the National Conservatory of Music in Paris in 1963.

He is named in France’s famous Le petit Larousse and Le Petit Robert dictionaries, and had received numerous noble titles granted by France and Vietnam.

He worked in the field of contemporary classical music and researched traditional Vietnamese music.

The composer was a member of the presidium of the Vietnamese People Association in France for numerous tenures. He actively participated in patriotic Vietnamese community movements over the past 50 years, and helped introduce the Vietnamese spirit to France through music.

He was honoured with the Resistance War Order, third-class, of the Vietnamese State in recognition of his contributions to the struggle for national liberation.

The funeral ceremony will be held on November 27 at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.-VNA