Vietnamese music student Tran Tuan An won first prize at the Society of
American Musicians (SAM) Guitar Competition on March 3.
A former student of the Hanoi Academy of Music, and now studying
liberal arts at North Park University in Chicago, An has overcome
competition from all over the US to take the prize.
He won first prize in the Vietnam Music Young Talent competition in 2004 when he was just 12 years old.
Two years later, An was offered scholarships to study at the Sydney
Music Academy and in the US, and he decided on North Park
In 2010, the 21 year old was selected
as one of the country’s Best Overseas Students and received the
Certificate of Merit granted by Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan.
An earlier also won a music contest hosted by his university last month.
SAM was founded in 1914 with the intent of promoting the best
interests of music in the US. The society offers assistance and
encouragement to young musicians and promising artists through its
annual competition as well as performance opportunities.
Besides the guitar competition, the SAM also hosts competitions every
spring for a wide range of other instruments, including cello, flute,
piano, viola and violin.-VNA