Violinist Bui Cong Duy performs Beethoven’s notable works

One of the leading violinists in Vietnam, Bui Cong Duy will perform at a concert featuring Beethoven’s masterpieces at Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on September 19.

Violinist Bui Cong Duy performs Beethoven’s notable works

Duy will play Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61 and the Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93 that are some of the composer’s most notable works with the participation of the international conductor, David Gomez Ramirez and the HBSO orchestra.
Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61 is known as the composer’s only work for violin and orchestra. The Concerto is considered one of the most technically challenging works for violin performance, not only in performance but also in the composition’s depth. First performed in 1806 in Austria, was not highly regarded by the public, leading to almost oblivion. However, up until 1844, after the composer’s death, people recognized the Concerto as one of Beethoven’s best compositions for violin.
The Symphony No. 8 in F Major, op. 93 was premiered in 1814 in Vienna. The work is like an intermezzo, a brief leisure moment before reaching the ultimate height. The composer himself considered the work as a minor symphony, featuring the neoclassicism. The chapter 1 is simple, happygoing, sounding similar in style to Haydn’s style, the second – scherzo – is humorous.
Beethoven is one of history’s most important and influential composers. He careted a brigde connecting Classical Period and Romantic Period. The musician brought the musical language to an unprecedented height with immense, radical innovations, and paved the way for all romantic arts that followed.
Bui Cong Duy is the first son of Pham Thuy Loan a cello teacher and Bui Cong Thanh, a violin instructor. They introduced their son to the violin at the age of five.
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.
The 20-member orchestra, which performs regularly throughout the world, including such international alumni as Vladimir Sprvakov, Boris Garlitzky, and Arkady Futer.
The violinist has over the years given recitals in Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Italy and France.

By Kim Khanh

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