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Norway helps students get a taste for chamber music

Update: July, 26/2014 - 09:58
Training programme: British cellist Zoe Martlew (left), Norwegian violinist Atle Sponberg and British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen (right) will come together for a concert in HCM City. — File Photo

HCM CITY  (VNS) — Renowned British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen, British cellist Zoe Martlew, and concert master of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and violinist Atle Sponberg will come together for a concert in HCM City and also hold a week-long training programme for young musicians early next month.

The event, called Saigon Chamber Music, is organised by the HCM City Conservatory and Transposition Programme, which is a collaborative effort with Norway to develop music in Viet Nam.

Tran Thi Nguyet Sa, a consultant to the Transposition Programme, told Viet Nam News: "Based on the lines of summer music festivals in the US and UK, the programme will provide training, international exposure, and in-depth understanding of music for young musicians.

"It is expected to inspire the young Vietnamese musicians to set and achieve higher goals in their career."

The event will kick off with the concert by the visiting musicians called "Mosaic of a Century" on August 2. It will feature romantic and impressionist music from Ravel and Kodaly to Shostakovich and contemporary works from the last and this centuries.

Nineteen young musicians have been chosen from the conservatory, Hue Academy, and Viet Nam National Academy of Music for the training.

They will train for a week from 8.30am to 6pm every day.

The visiting artists will also hold afternoon workshops on August 3 and 7, which are open to music lovers.

They will hold master classes for pianists, cellists, and violinists on the evenings of fourth and sixth, and a "professional talk" on August 5.

The best students will perform at a closing concert called "Young Virtuosos Concert Series" on the eighth. All the programmes will be held at the HCM City Conservatory at 112 Nguyen Du Street.

Tickets for the first concert cost VND100,000-300,000 and for the students' performance, VND100,000-150,000.

More information can be found by visiting facebook.com/saigonchambermusic and ticketbox.vn. — VNS

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