French-Vietnamese pianist returns for another HCMC recital

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Pianist Gabriel Tran Phuong Nam will give a solo performance in Ho Chi Minh City in July.

The 22-year-old pianist with the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance) will perform masterpieces by famous composers Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel.

The benefit concert will begin at 8 p.m. on July 8 at the HCMC Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1. It is sponsored by the UK-based Groupama Insurances and Minh Nguyen Piano Boutique in HCMC.

A minimum contribution of VND100,000 (US$4) is expected.

Free tickets can be obtained from: B.A.C.H Music School at 123 & 123 Bis E2 - E3 Tran Quoc Thao Street, District 3; Artista Learning Center at 92 Xuan Thuy Street, District 2; Yamaha Hoa Quang School at 112 Dien Bien Phu Street, District 1; Minh Nguyen Piano Boutique at 4 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1; and the pianist's home address at 649 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street, Binh Thanh District.

This will be Nam's third performance in HCMC. He had performed earlier in August 2010 at the HCMC Conservatory of Music and in August 2011 at the Hotel Sofitel Saigon Plaza.

Nam's piano skills developed from an early age. He performed successfully Ravel's piece "˜Jeux d'Eau' when he was 13 years old. He has since won many international awards.

He was unanimously chosen as the superior level winner at the Claude Kahn International Competition in 2003. He won the first prize at the Sucy-en-Brie National Competition in 2005 and the Gold Medal at the Lagny-sur-Marne International Competition in 2009.

Since 2009, when Nam started studying with the national conservatory, he has given several solo piano performances in Paris, including a cathedral, the US Embassy in Paris, the Paris Foreign Missions Society and his birthplace of Noisy-Le-Sec, a Paris suburb. Last month, he performed in Canada.

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