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Vietnam Connection Music Festival 2018 to be held in HCMC

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The Vietnam Connection Music Festival (VNCMF) 2018 with the participation of more than 20 local and international artists will be held in HCM City from August 18-19.

A rehearsal of a performance in the festival

A rehearsal of a performance in the festival

The festival will present to music lovers three special concerts featuring classical music masterpieces which will be performed by domestic and international artists at the municipal Opera House, including American violinist Stephanie Chase , Chinese-born violinist Zhan Shu, Canadian violinist Christina Bouey, the Paris-based Arod Quartet , Vietnamese-American violinist Vu Viet Chuong, and local violinists Bui Cong Duy and Hoang Linh Chi along with musicians from the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).
Vietnam Connection music Festival (VNCMF) was founded in 2015 by Vietnamese-American violinist Vu Viet Chuong (Chuong Vu) and violinist Bui Cong Duy. The festival with the main purpose of performing and teaching classical music is a venue of Vietnamese and international artists. It has become an expected event every year.
Internationally acclaimed Vietnamese violinist Chuong Vu received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he held a doctoral fellowship and a teaching fellowship. He is currently Artistic Director of Vietnam Connection Music Festival and the Dallas-based International Chamber Players.
Chuong has appeared as a soloist with Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra, University of North Texas’s Baroque Orchestra and Concert Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra, Symphony North of Houston, Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Northeast Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra (HBSO).
Bui Cong Duy is one of the leading violinists in Vietnam. At nine years of age he won first prize in the Autumn National Music Competition. He then went on to study in Russia’s Novosibirk State Glinka Conservatory. After graduating, he entered the Tchaikovsky Music Institute in Moscow from 1998 - 2003. Duy won first prize in international violin contests organized in Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg in 1993 and 1995. He also won the Tchaikovsky International Music Competition for violinists under 18 in 1997. He was later admitted to the Viruous Moskva Chamber Orchestra, becoming the first foreign member of the world-famous orchestra in its 24 year history. He is now living in Hanoi and teaching at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

By THUY BINH – Translated by Kim Khanh

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