German twins to open European music fest

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German guitar-duo Katona Twins will open this year's European Music Festival in both Hanoi and HCMC

Katona Twins, a German guitar duo, will kick off this year's European Music Festival that will be held from November 22 to December 1 in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

In Hanoi, twin brothers Peter and Zoltán Katona will perform  8 p.m. at Youth Theater, 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street on November 22, and in HCMC, at the same time on November 24 at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1.

They will play works by Isaac Albeniz, Johann Sebastian Bach and Manuel de Fallas; and will present a performance of Astor Piazzolla together with musicians from the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra. In the southern metro they will be accompanied by the orchestra of the music conservatory.

The duo has earned international acclaim for the effortless ease with which they transfer from classical music to other genres, equally at home with Michael Jackson or Piazzolla, Queen, Bach or Led Zepplin.

They have already given recitals in major concert venues throughout the world including the New York Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London. They have also captivated audiences in the concert halls of Berlin and Frankfurt.

In 2009, as the soloists of the "Night of the Proms," they performed live in front of half a million people in arenas across Europe. They have won several international prizes at major competitions in Great Britain, the USA, Germany, France and Hungary.

At the 2013 European Music Festival Vietnam, apart from the two concerts, the artists will offer an "Open Lesson" for guitar students at the National Music Academy in Hanoi.

Other performances during their ten-day event, which is co-organized by The Delegation of the European Union in Vietnam and the embassies of five EU members - Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Sweden - and Vietnam, will feature various genres of music, including pop, classics, electronic, and jazz by artists from Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Vietnam.

The "Diva's Club" of opera singers Ngoc Tuyen and Trieu Yen will present world-renowned musical plays accompanied by electronic music.

Free tickets are available at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi, 56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street; and at the Goethe Institute in HCMC, 18 Road No.1, Do Thanh Apartment Building, District 3.

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