Several classical musicians from the Tubinger Chamber Orchestra have arrived in Hanoi for concerts with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) kicking-off this Sunday.

The Orchestra is currently in Southeast Asia for a performance tour which will take them to Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam from August to September.

Sixteen string musicians and conductor Gudni Emilsson have been rehearsing with VNSO musicians for the two concerts they will play together on Sunday and next Monday at the Hanoi Opera House.

The concert will feature pieces by two great German composers, Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. A duet of Bach’s ‘Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D-Minor’ by German violinist Julia Galic and Vietnamese oboist Hoang Tung will open the show.

Bartholdy’s ‘Violin concerto in D-Minor’ will follow. After the intermission, the musicians will perform Bartholdy’s symphony Reformation.

The Tubinger Chamber Orchestra was found in 1957 with the intention of encouraging friendship between international universities and youth organisations, and building bridges between young musicians from all over the world. The impressive results have been 69 concert tours in 90 countries, often accompanied by renowned soloists.

Conductors Gudni Emilsson, already well known in Vietnam from several appearances as guest conductor, has served as artistic director of the Tubinger Chamber Orchestra since 1999. He previously brought the Tubinger musicians to Vietnam in 2005.

Vietnamese oboist Hoang Tung graduated from the Vietnam National Academy of Music. He was the first oboist to play with the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

With the Hanoi String Quintet he won first prize at the 2005 Asian Symphonic Band Competition in Bangkok . He was the first oboist with the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), which he joined in 2006.

The VNSO was found in 1959. Under the direction of Ngo Hoang Quan they have frequently cooperated with renowned conductors including Honna Tetsuji and Hidemi Suzuki from Japan, Colin Metters from the UK, Pierre Andre Valade from France, Le Phi Phi from Macedonia, and Gudni Emilsson from Germany./.