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Violinist performs first VN dates (August 01, 2003)

Violinist Trang Nguyen
Twenty-one year-old violin phenomenon Trang Nguyen will stage a special concert programme in Hanoi and HCM City this month during her first trip to her motherland this summer.

The Canadian violinist plans to perform popular classical and contemporary works, including Rocking Chair Jig by Graham Townsend, Sonata No 3, Op.108 by Johannes Brahms, First prelude for violin and piano by George Gershwin, and Fantome by Beethoven, in addition to favourite Vietnamese pieces like The South, My Homeland by Huy Du and The Homeland's Song by Hoang Cuong.

She will give two 30 minute solo recitals in HCM City, with the first this morning at the Phu My Orphanage in Binh Thanh District and the second next Monday, at the Cancer and Tumour Hospital.

Trang wants to bring more joy to underprivileged children who do not have an opportunity to enjoy classical music, and give them "spritual food," said an organising official.

The violinist will also play with local cellist Tran Vu Van Anh and pianist Tran Bich Ngoc in Hanoi's Friendship Concert on August 15 at 8pm at the Melia Hotel.

Born in Calgary, Canada, Trang Nguyen first took up music at aged five in the well-known Suzuki programme. She studied the violin with renowned artists Tom Johnson and Sally Thomas.

Trang showed her talent very early, helping her earn numerous awards at competitions and and scholarships from music schools, including the Alberta College Conservatory, and the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. She won awards at the Canadian National Music Festival and Canadian Music Competition.

In the summer of 2001, Trang's Enigma String Quartet won the first place at the Canadian Music Competition in Quebec City and the National Music Competition in Calgary.

Aside from being a member of the Canadian Chamber Orchestra and the University Symphony Orchestra, the young talent is a featured soloist in an educational series performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Concordia Symphony Orchestra.

Currently, Trang is in the fourth year of a Bachelor of Commerce Programme at the University of Alberta. She hopes to combine her music and business skills to further enrich the arts.

Her upcoming performances in HCM City and Hanoi are also supported by the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam and the Canada-Vietnam Business association.

The music programme celebrates the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Vietnam.

Reprinted from VietNamNet


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