A concert and exhibition organised by the Austrian and Hungarian embassies will honour classical composer Franz Liszt on Nov. 4 in Hanoi.

The event, featuring pianist Martyn van den Hoek from Austria, will be held at the Vietnam Cultural Space, 79 Hang Trong Street, on the occasion of the composer's 200th birthday and 125th death anniversary (1811-1886).

Van den Hoek will perform a wide range of compositions by Liszt including Etudes Transcendentales, Sonata quasi Fantasia, and Hungarian Rhapsody.

He began his musical studies at the Rotterdam Conservatory, completed them in Moscow, Budapest and New York and afterwards settled in Austria. Since 1998, he has been teaching music at the Vienna Civic Conservatory.

He was the winner of the First Prize at the First International Franz Liszt Competition held in Utrecht/Netherlands in 1986.

It is fascinating to note that van den Hoek is historically only "two handshakes away" from Liszt.

In New York, van den Hoek studied with piano teacher Josef Raieff who was a late student of the Russian-born pianist and Alexander Siloti (1863-1945). Siloti himself had been one of the favourite students of Liszt in Weimar, Germany.

Van den Hoek first worked with Vietnamese piano students when he was a juror at the Asian regional finals for the international Liszt competition in Shanghai in 2008.

"Since then, I have been greatly looking forward to visiting Vietnam and fill this ‘white spot' on my Asian musical map."

He will hold the first ever specialised Liszt master class for piano students at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

An exhibition will be held in line with the concert, giving visitors an insight into the main stages of the life and work of Liszt.

Starting with his first piano from early childhood, the exhibition will introduce his first published musical piece and details on his concert tours. Audiences have the chance to find out about Liszt's forays into religious music, his establishment of the Hungarian Musical Academy and special composition for the inauguration of the Budapest Opera./.