Acclaimed Australian musicians to give guitar-oud performance in Vietnam

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Two famous Australian musicians, Leonard Grigoryan and Joseph Tawadros, will perform at the Voice of Vietnam Theater in Hanoi on February 28 and at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on March 2.

The "Brothers in Concert" show combines the talents of guitarist Grigoryan with the "extraordinary oud playing" of Tawadros in "an adventurous musical partnership that crosses musical boundaries," according to an Australian embassy press release.

Grigoryan, 26, began studying guitar at the age of four. He has performed publicly from the age of eight and appeared as a soloist with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Musicians' Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of Melbourne.

He has undertaken major tours to Europe and the US, tours regularly with Musica Viva, and appears at many music festivals. Since 2005 he has joined Saffire, an Australian Guitar Quartet.

Tawadros, at the age of 27, is known as one the world's leading oud performers and composers. He has released seven albums to date. A resident of Australia since 1986, Joseph has been responsible for expanding the oud's fame in mainstream western culture and has also been recognized in the Arab world. He was invited to be a member of the judging panel at the Damascus International oud competition in 2009 and took part in Istanbul's first oud festival in 2010.

Concert tickets can be collected at a maximum of two per person from the Australian Embassy until February 25.

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