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Piano duet highlight of youth concert

Update: July, 03/2015 - 09:47

Pianist Nguyen Viet Trung, cellist Spodobalska (left) and violinist Skwierczynska will perform at the first Hoa Binh Concert in Ha Noi and HCM City. – Photo tgvn.com.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Four talented musicians from Viet Nam, Poland and Hungary will perform together for the first time in Viet Nam this weekend.

The First Hoa Binh Concert will feature Vietnamese and Hungarian pianists Nguyen Viet Trung and Monika Ruth Vida; and Polish cellist and violinst Sylwia Spodobalska and Magdalena Skwierczynska.

The highlight of the show will be a piano duet by Trung and Vida, who will play Concertino for Two Pianos by Russian composer Dmitrij Shostakovich.

Vida then will play Liszt's Transcendental Etude, also known as Mazeppa.

"It will be a special treat for Vietnamese audiences, enjoying a Hungarian musician playing a piece by a Hungarian composer," said Trung. "I had the chance to listen to pianist Vida playing the piece in the US and I like it very much," he said.

The pianists will each play solo in the concert. Vida will play pieces by Franz Liszt and Maurice Ravel, while Trung will perform pieces by Beethoven; Chopin and Prokofiev.

The concert will include two other pieces, Winter in Buenos Aires by Astor Piazolla and Piano Trio No1 by Anton Arensky performed by Trung, cellist Spodobalska and violinist Skwierczynska.

The three musicians performed Piano Trio No1, winning the Grand Prix at the National Chamber Competition in Warsaw 2015.

The musicians have won many prizes at music competitions in Poland including Spodobalska's Special Award at Klodzko Cello Competition and Skwierc-zynska's Grand Prize at the sixth Regional Violin Students Reheasals in Grajewo.

Both are students of the Karol Szymanowski State School of Music in Warsaw.

Pianist Trung, born in 1996 in Viet Nam, grew up in Poland. He was one of eight young pianists invited from all over the world to perform at the Junior Academy Eppan in Italy in 2013.

He won second prize at the International Piano Competition Chopin for the Youngest in 2010 and the Grand Prix at the national piano competition in Kracow in 2014.

The First Hoa Binh Concert will be held on today in Ha Noi and on Sunday in HCM City. It is organised by the Viet Nam Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by Hoa Binh Beer & Beverages.

"The concert will be a spectacular event that will enchant Vietnamese youth," said Nguyen Van Than, representing the sponsors at the press conference held on Wednesday. "We want to encourage Vietnamese youth in general and students in particular to get involved in chamber music."

The concert will begin at 8pm at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music, 77 Hao Nam Street, Ha Noi. More than 700 tickets have given free to music lovers in the capital city. For more information on tickets, please contact 04-37478625.

In HCM City, the concert will begin at 8pm at the HCM City Music Conservatory, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1. Please contact 08-38225841 for ticket information. — VNS

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