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Talented Austrian cellist Harriet Krijgh and other foreign artists will perform classical masterpieces in Hanoi in a series of concerts from October 13 to 18.

An Austrian embassy statement said the 20-year-old artist, together with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (VNSO) and the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra, will present Beethoven's Concerto for trio, and Tchaikovsky's Variations on the Rococo Theme.

Krijgh, born into a family in the Netherlands, began learning the art at the age of five, and was a member of a young talented class at the Utrecht Institute in 2000. Since 2004, she has lived in Vienna for further study.

She won the first prize and special prize at Princess Christina Competition in Netherlands, first prize in Fidelio Competition in Vienna, the Nicole Janigro prize and first prize at the International Cello Competition "˜Antonio Janigro' in Croatia.

Other foreign artists joining Krijgh are: violinist Matsuda Lina, pianist Kim Barbier, and conductors Dorian Wilson and Wolfgang Groehs.

Invitation tickets for the October 13, 14, 17 and 18 concerts can be collected at Hanoi Opera House and VNSO, and the Austrian Embassy starting on October 10.

Earlier, on October 10, two French ballet artists of Opéra de Paris, Dorothée Gilbert and Stéphane Bullion, will perform together with local dancers in a ballet gala at the Hanoi Opera House.

The event, choreographed by Jean-Paul Gravier and Bertrand d'At, director of the Ballet of the Opéra National du Rhin, will feature renowned extracts, including Dam cuoi My Chau (My Chau's wedding).

Gilbert, 28, and Bullion, 31, are leading actors of Opéra de Paris, who began their dancing training at the age of seven and 11 respectively.

Gilbert entered the Paris Opera Ballet School in Nanterre in 1995 and was made an étoile (star), the highest rank, in a performance in "Casse-Noisette" (The Nutcracker) by Rudolf Nureyev in 2007.

She received the Prix AROP in 2002, the Circle Carpeaux in 2004, the Ballet 2000 in 2006, and the Leonid Massine Award in 2006.

Bullion, who joined the corps de ballet of Paris Opera Ballet School in 1997, became an étoile in 2010 after his outstanding performance as Solor in Rudolf Nureyev's version of La Bayadère.

In addition to the French couple's performances, the event will feature dancers from the Vietnam National Opera Ballet.

Tickets priced from VND200,000- 700,000 are available at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi.

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