'Sound wizard' Vũ Nhật Tân passes away at age of 50

Update: July, 22/2020 - 15:54


Vũ Nhật Tân passed away on Tuesday after battling rectal cancer. — Photo Vu Nhat Tan Facebook

HÀ NỘI — Musician Vũ Nhật Tân, pioneering Vietnamese experimental sound artist, electronic musicians and a man dubbed as a “sound wizard”, has died at the age of 50.

In the past six months, he has struggled with late-stage rectal cancer with the support from his family and his close friends.

Tân was born in 1970 in Hà Nội in a family with a musical tradition. His father is a famous traditional music researcher – associate professor Dr Vũ Nhật Thăng.

Tân was a composer specialising in symphonies, chamber music, solo instruments and traditional instruments. Having studied music in Việt Nam (1991-1995), Germany (2000-2001) and the US (2002), he obtained many achievements in major contemporary music events in Asia, Europe and Australia.

In addition to being a composer and musician, he worked as a lecturer in music composition and electronic music at Vietnam National Academy of Music from 1995 and was a visiting lecturer in music in Australia and China.

He also collaborated with many international leading artists such as Grammy-winning American artist Peter Jacobson and Grammy-winning conductor Jeff von der Schmidt.

“A sad day for Hà Nội’s music and art. A great artist, a wonderful person, a generous friend; thanks Vũ Nhật tân for all the moments. Rest in Peace,” wrote Hà Nội-based Spanish designer Diego Chula on his Facebook page. — VNS