Acclaimed jazz pianist returns to Vietnam to give free concerts

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Belgian pianist Eric Legnini will be performing free concerts in Hanoi this month

Eric Legnini, one of the world's most talented jazz pianists, will be performing for free in Hanoi on Saturday as part of Vietnam's Europe Days program.

Legnini's friends, contrabassist Thomas Brahmerie, drummer Franck Agulhon and vocalist Hugh Coltman will also perform at the concerts to be held at the Hanoi Opera House and the HCMC Conservatory of Music.

Brahmerie and Agulhon performed alongside Legnini the first time the pianist performed in Vietnam in 2011.

According to a press release from the Delegation Wallonie Bruxelles in Vietnam, Legnini, who was born in Belgium in 1970, began studying piano at the age of six and from the moment he discovered jazz in the 1980s, the genre became his biggest passion in life.

At the age of 18, Legnini visited the United States, the birthplace of jazz and his personal hero, Herbie Hancock. Afterward, he briefly taught piano at the Brussels Academy of Music, but soon returned to the stage and has been recording albums and performing live shows ever since.

Legnini has worked with some of his generation's most famous jazz artists such as Stefano Di Battista, the Belmondo brothers, Paco Jerry and Milton Nascimento. His piano has accompanied the vocal talents of Carla Bruni, Claude Nougaro and Lian Foly.

Legnini has released 11 albums, all of which have been well-received by critics and music lovers. His most recent album, "Sing Twice," combines jazz, pop and African melodies and features vocalists Coltman, Mamani Keita of Mali and Japanese-American Emi Meyer.

Legnini won the Django D'Or award in 2005, the Octave Music award in 2006 and Glorious Music's "Jazz Album of the Year" for his 2001 release, "The Vox."

In addition to the concerts, Legnini will hold a master class with students at Ho Chi Minh City Academy of Music on Friday, from 9 -11:30 a.m.

Prior to the Hanoi concert, Legnini performed in Ho Chi Minh City on May 9.

Free tickets for the concerts is available as of May 2 at:
Hanoi: Wallonie-Bruxelles Delegation in Vietnam
Daeha Building (5th floor, # 505)
360 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi
Tel. (04) 3.831.52.41
Hanoi Opera House
01 Trang Tien Str, Hanoi

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