HÀ NỘI — The Spring Concert will bring together international musical talents under the baton of conductor Wojciech Czepiel at the Việt Nam National Academy of Music’s Grand Hall on April 17 and 18.
The conductor will lead the Hà Nội Philharmonic Orchestra with violin soloist Stephane Trần Ngọc and piano soloists Nguyễn Việt Trung, Eric Lu and Kate Liu playing two different repertoires.
Czepiel is a prominent Polish conductor, composer and violinist. He has conducted more than 400 compositions with many orchestras includeing the Polish National Radio Symphony in Katowice, the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the National Opera in Warsaw, the Hà Nội Philharmonic and the Việt Nam National Symphony and Orchestra.
He received the “Gloria Artis” medal from the Polish Minister of Culture for his artistic achievements in 2012.
“Conductor Czepiel is a very serious, efficient and credible personality with excellent professional musical abilities…. [He] is punctual and fully aware of his profession,” Dr Walid Gholmieh, President of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra commented on the conductor’s website.
On April 17, Trần Ngọc will perform Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Trung will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 23.
Lu and Liu will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 20 and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1 on April 18.
The international award-winning artists promise to make the concert a grand party for classical music lovers in Hà Nội.
Trần Ngọc won the Grand Prix and Special Audience Prize at The Long – Thibaud International Competition and many other awards at the Lipizer Competition, the Paganini Competition and the Aspen Music Festival.
Trung has won many international prizes including first prize at the Lodz 2005 Emmy Alberg Competition in Poland; the Grand Prize at the National Piano Competition in Krakow in 2014; and the first prize at the Chopin Competition in Sochaczew in 2006.
“This is a special concert programme,” said Trung. “The audience will enjoy famous works by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Piotr Tchaikovsky.
“I feel very happy to be in this concert with world famous artists like Trần Ngọc and my two close friends, Eric Lu and Kate Liu, under Polish conductor Wojciech Czepiel.”
Trung is returning to Hà Nội to perform Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 23, which earned him first prize and the Golden Note as the best performer of Mozart at the Chopin competition in Sochaczew in 2016.
Lu won First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition last year. He first gained international attention as a prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17, and upon winning the 2017 International German Piano Award and the US National Chopin Competition.
He is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he is a student of Vietnamese Professor Đặng Thái Sơn.
Pianist Liu gained international acclaim after winning the Bronze Medal and Best Mazurka Prize at the 17th International Fredyryk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
The 90-minute concert will begin at 8pm. VNS