German pianist Corinna Simon. — Photo courtesy of German Embassy in Việt Nam
HÀ NỘI — A concert to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall will take place at the Grand Concert Hall of the Việt Nam National Academy of Music (VNAM) on Sunday night.
Organised by the German Embassy in Hà Nội, the event will feature the German pianist Corinna Simon, who will perform a repertoire consisting of works by famous German composers such as Robert Schumann, Friedrich Goldmann, Gunter Kochan, Hans Werner Henze, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Johannes Paul Thilman, and Harald Genzmer.
A native of Berlin, Simon started playing the piano at age five and became a student of the renowned Julius Stern Institut in Berlin at age 12.
She continued to sharpen her piano talent at the Berlin College of Arts (Hochschule der Künste), before perfecting her skills at the Munich College for Music and Theatre.
In 1984, Simon had her debut as a soloist of Berlin Philharmony. Ever since, her piano career has led her to the major music centres in Europe and the US.
Her 2011 album featuring works by Russian composer Reinhold Moritzewich Glière has received outstanding reviews from the international press. She has released her latest work L´Album des Six in June.
In Berlin, Simon has been conducting classes for talented young pianists and musicians for over 25 years. In addition, she has also held regular master classes at internationally renowned conservatories and music universities.
In Hà Nội, alongside her free concert, the pianist Simon, who is on an Asian tour, will conduct a master class for VNAM students on November 25. — VNS