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Violin phenom to release first LP

Update: December, 16/2016 - 08:30
Sky high: Violinist Hoàng Rob. Photo courtesy of Hoàng Rob
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Violinist Hoàng Rob, whose music video filmed at some of Việt Nam’s most famous tourist spots has drawn hundreds of thousands viewers on Facebook, has released his newest album.

Entitled Hừng Đông (Dawn), the LP was produced in two years and features 10 music pieces — mostly in pop and world music style—that were composed by young composer Khắc Hưng.

“Dawn is a very beautiful moment of nature. Dawn also has been called a new vitality. That’s why I named this music project Hừng Đông. It presents a new chapter of my musical path,” Hoàng said.

Alongside violin music pieces, the album also features the songs Mây Bay Cuối Trời (Drifted Cloud) sang by diva Trần Thu Hà, and Con Chim Sâu (Flowerpecker) performed by ca trù (ceremonial singing) singer Kiều Anh. Both the songs were accompanied by Hoàng’s violin.

To promote the album, Hoàng Rob will take the stage Sunday night for his first live concert — also named after the album — at the Hà Nội Opera House.

Alongside music pieces featured in his album, the violinist will accompany famous songstress Thu Phương for the song Ngày Đó Ta Gặp Lại (We Reunion on That Day).

The violinist will also team up with ca trù singer Kiều Anh to perform Độc Ẩm (Single Drinker). The unique performance, combining Vietnamese traditional art with Western instruments conquered both judges and audience of The Voice of Vietnam last year.

The repertoire of Hừng Đông concert will also feature nhị (two-string fiddle) artist Trần Văn Xâm, who will share the stage with violinist Hoàng Rob.

Explaining why his concert will employ both ca trù and nhị artists, the violinist said: “My artistic path had not only classical style, but also other modern genres such as jazz, pop and world music. That’s why I want my concert to present two features: traditional, represented by those two artists, and modern, represented through my performance of mine and my string instrument group GEN9.”

The famous dancer Linh Nga, whose traditional dance shows (Dance) and Sen (Lotus) received acclaims from both critics and audiences, will also take part in the show, through a dance that she has choreographed especially for the occasion.

Hoàng Rob, whose real name is Trương Nhật Hoàng, was born and raised in Quảng Bình. He started to teach himself violin at 16 as a way to realise his ambition.

Fascinated by the enchanting sounds, he honed his skills with the help of lecturers at the National Academy of Music, after he moved to Hà Nội in 2008 to study at the university. Influenced by the world’s best-selling string quartet — Bond — he has perfected his fusion of pop, world music and classical instruments. — VNS

Master of his bow: Violinist Hoàng Rob has released recently his newest CD album which entilted Hừng Đông (Dawn). He will also have his first live concert on Sunday night to promote the album. Photo courtesy of Hoàng Rob

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