Pianist Lưu Hồng Quang will perform solo and together with his brother. — Photo tuoitrethudo.com
HÀ NỘI — Brothers, famous pianists Lưu Hồng Quang and Lưu Đức Anh, will host a piano duet to celebrate the 250th birth anniversary of musical genius Beethoven (1770 - 2020).
With the theme Ode To Joy, the concert will take place at 8pm on January 5, at the Việt Nam National Academy of Music, 77 Hào Nam Street, Hà Nội.
Though they are brothers and have performed throughout the world, this is the first time they will play piano together with Beethoven's Symphony No 9 - one of the world's greatest masterpieces. They will present the version for two pianos transcribed by Franz Liszt.
“Beethoven's Symphony No 9 is considered the greatest piece in musical history and continues to influence the development of music and society to this day,” said People’s Artist Trần Thu Hà.
“Twenty fingers of the artists will perform on behalf of a symphony orchestra, it will be an amazing and emotional performance.”
Before the concert, attendees will have the chance to learn more about Beethoven's life and music and exchange with the artists. The activity will help capture the spirit of Beethoven.
Prior to the event, pianist Anh will play a solo concert of Liszt Recital 2 at the Hà Nội Opera House on November 28. It’s part of the recital series that has improved his reputation. Anh performed Liszt Recital in 2016 and Brahms Recital in 2017.
While Anh introduced the fierce atmosphere in Liszt Recital 1, this year he will offer beautiful, tender and warm melodies.
(From left) Lưu Đức Anh, People's Artist Trần Thu Hà and Lưu Hồng Quang are seen at the press conference to announce the concerts. VNS Photo Minh Thu
The repertoire includes Invocation, Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude (The Blessing of God in Solitude), Consolation No 3 and Hungarian Rhapsody No 9.
Quang was born in 1990. He studied piano at the Việt Nam National Academy of Music (VNAM) then he moved to the Australian International Conservatorium of Music. Since 2017, he worked for the Academy of Music And Performing Arts (AMPA) and became the youngest lecturer at the academy. He received many awards at international piano contests in Japan, Australia, Italy and Germany.
Anh was born in 1993. After more than 10 years studying piano at the VNAM, he received scholarships to study in Belgium, France, Sweeden and Japan. Since 2018, he becomes the youngest lecturer of Piano Faculty at the VNAM. He has received many awards at international piano competitions such as Leopold Godowski International Piano Contest in Poland, Classical Sonata contest in Australia and Andrée Charlier contest in Belgium. He is co-founder of Maestoso, a start-up organising classical music concerts.
Tickets for the concerts are available at ticketgo.vn. — VNS