French pianist to perform in Hanoi

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French pianist Michel Bourdoncle, 50, will play a solo performance on September 3 at L' Espace the French Cultural Center based in Hanoi.

The artist will play Brahms' Chacone, Scriabin's Prelude and Nocturne, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Bourdoncle will perform the Brahms and Scriabin selections using only his left hand.

Born in Marseille in 1960, Bourdoncle studied at the Paris Conservatoire, winning first prizes in chamber music and piano in the classes of Genevieve Joy and Dominique Merlet, before continuing his studies under Jean Hubeau.

He started his musical career at the Conservatoire Aix-en-Provence and now works as a Conservatoire professor and artistic director of the Nuits Pianistiques Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Bourdoncle has performed around the world under the direction of renowned conductors, and in collaboration with many symphony orchestras including the Pro Arte Orchestra of Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra.

Before next month's performance at L' Espace, 24 Trang Tien Stret, Bourdoncle was invited to perform at the Hanoi Opera House on the occasion of Bastille Day in 2008 and 2009.

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