Vietnam – Japan piano festival to be held in Hanoi

Monday, 2013-11-25 23:34:30
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Japanese pianist Ayuko Higuchi
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Nhan Dan Online – Young Vietnamese and Japanese pianists will give three performances at the first Vietnam – Japan Piano Festival in Hanoi from November 27-29.

Pianist Nguyen Le Binh Anh, along with Airi Katada from Japan, will perform under the supervision of Japanese piano talent Ayuko Higuchi at Chu Van An High School (10 Thuy Khue street) on November 27, at the Vietnam National Academy of Music (77 Hao Nam street) on November 28 and at the Hanoi Children's Palace (36 Ly Thai To street) on November 29.

Ayuko Higuchi, who has held charity concerts to support underprivileged children for 40 times, is widely known as one of the leading classical pianists in Japan.

She has won the first prize at the 39th Student Music Concours of Japan -Junior High School Section, the Special-grade Grand Prize at the 17th Japan National Piano Competition, and the first prize at the 10th International Porto Piano Competition in Portugal.

The 16-year-old pianist Nguyen Le Binh Anh, one of the most talented classical young pianists in Vietnam, has got many international awards including International Hanoi Piano Competition in 2010, Steinway Piano Competition Youth in Hanoi in 2011 and Steinway Piano Competition Youth in Singapore in 2012.

He has also performed in many Asian countries, such as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Republic of Korea.

The young Japanese Airi Katada, who is 21 years old, was awarded the B-grade Gold Prize by the Minister of Education at the National PTNA Piano Competition in 2000, and won the first prize in the 6th Scriabin Piano Competition Youth in Paris in 2006.

The first Vietnam – Japan Piano Festival is held as part of activities to celebrate 40th anniversary of the Vietnam – Japan diplomatic ties. It also aims to promote friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries and two peoples through musical exchange.