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‘Bird of Peace' plays in capital

Update: June, 11/2013 - 10:03
Key to success: Young pianist Mona Asuka Ott will play in the 17th Hennessy Concert Series in Ha Noi tomorrow. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Talented pianist Mona Asuka (Bird of Peace) Ott will play masterpieces in concert at Ha Noi Opera House tomorrow.

The concert will feature Sonata No12 by Beethoven, two pieces Nocturne No1 and Nocturne No2 by Chopin, Four Impromptus, D.899 by Schubert and The Mephisto Waltz No1 by Franz Liszt.

Held in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Performing Arts Department, the Ha Noi concert is the 17th edition of the Hennessy Concert Series which debuted in 1996.

This year, the concert will highlight Ott, a German prodigy, who started learning the piano at the age of two. She showed great enthusiasm for classical music.

At the age of 11, she had already partnered Marcello Viotti at an appearance at the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Her 2008 debut recital at the Ruhr Piano Festival sparked off great enthusiasm. "The young pianist glows with enthusiasm, but then proves that for all this vigour and exuberance, she has a keen sense of what lies between the notes and a sensitive awareness of tempo," the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung said.

The pianist made her orchestral debut at the age of 13 at the International Piano Festival Junge Meister in Lindau town, Germany. This was quickly followed by other invitations, including appearances with Hong Kong Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Ensemble Kanazwa, Munchner Symphoniker, and Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie. She also travelled around Germany performing solo.

The pianist has won numerous first prizes in national and international competitions, such as at the Grotrian Steinweg Competition, the Bundeswettbewerb "Jugend Musiziert" and at the Fourth EPTA International Piano Competition in Osijek, Croatia.

In 2006 she received the Audience Award at the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics, and in February 2011, the Festival Prize for artistic achievement at the Sommets Musicaux Festvial in Gstaad.

Taking part in competition from an early age helped her develop a repertoire, she said at a press conference yesterday at the Hanoi Sofitel Metropole.

"My sister is also a pianist. I started because of her. If you have an older sister or brother, you will often do the same thing.

"How nice it is when every listens to you at a concert. Through music you can transmit everything that you feel.

"We have so many languages in this world. Music is only one. All nationalities share the feeling.

"I must say it is very, very hot here. This is good because in Germany it has been so cold and wet. In Ha Noi, I feel everyone wants to make you feel welcome. People are so, so friendly," she said. Ott will spend time discovering more of Ha Noi in the next two days.

Her middle name, Asuka, is Japanese for Bird of Peace. Born in 1991during the Gulf War, her parents gave her the name because of it's meaning.

The concert will start at 8pm. A giant video screen will be set up outside the Opera House for the public. — VNS

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