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Vietnam Connection Music Festival attracts leading artists
Hoang Phong
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Vietnam Connection Music Festival attracts leading artists

Hoang Phong

Local and international artists will gather at the Vietnam Connection Music Festival 2017 taking place from August 12 to 26 in HCMC, Hanoi and Hue City, the organizer says in a statement. 

Apart from famous Vietnamese artists such as Meritorious Artist/violin soloist Bui Cong Duy, violin prodigy Tran Huu Quoc and violinist Chuong Vu, the music event also features world-renowned French pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer, who will perform classical music pieces by the French composers like Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy and Ernest Chausson.

Haguenauer, currently a lecturer at Indiana University in Bloomington in the U.S., has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States, especially as a soloist at many important concert series in France. He was a member of the Florence Gould Hall Chamber Players between 1991 and 1997 and of the American Chamber Players in 2003-2007.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is that audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy performances by local young talent violinists who have claimed numerous international prizes including Cao Hoang Linh, Pham Xuan Bach and Tran Le Quang Tien.  

Launched for the first time in 2015 by Vietnamese-American violinist Chuong Vu and local violinist Bui Cong Duy, the annual festival has become a rendezvous for local and international artists who embrace special love for classical music and share the passion to bring this genre of music closer to the public. 

Bui Cong Duy, aged 36, started to play violin at the age of four under the instruction of his father, Professor Dr. Bui Cong Thanh. In 1989, he won first prize at Mua Thu (fall) national music contest.

Between 1991 and 1995, he received several special awards, including the “Sibiri young talent” honor scholarship and the “young talent” scholarship from the Russian ministry of culture, and grasped first prize and Golden medal at Tchaikovski international music contest in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

From 1998 to 2003, he studied at Tchaikovski National Music College in Russia with Honors degree and from 2003 to 2006, he pursued postgraduate study at Tchaikovski Music College. Duy has performed in various major concerts at home and abroad.

Meanwhile, violinist Chuong Vu, whose Vietnamese name is Vu Viet Chuong, has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra member throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia with a rich repertoire ranging from early baroque to modern music. Vu has appeared as a soloist with orchestras at many international music festivals.

As an orchestral musician, Vu is currently concertmaster of the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra and the VASCAM Ensemble. He has served as guest concertmaster of the symphony orchestras of Amarillo, Irving, and Monroe. Other ensembles he has played with include Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic among others.

Chuong Vu received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he held a doctoral fellowship and a teaching fellowship. He completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the University of Houston, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Lack Starling Scholarship from the Starling Endowment.

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