Hanoi concert celebrates Austrian-Hungarian composer

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The Austrian and Hungarian embassies are jointly organizing a piano concert and exhibition in Hanoi on November 4, celebrating a European composer and pianist who shared two roots.

The event marks 200 years since Franz/Ferenc Liszt was born and 125 years of his death, the Austrian embassy said in a press release.

Liszt was born in what was then the Kingdom of Hungary, which then belonged to the Austrian Monarchy. Today, the territory belongs to the Federal Province of Burgenland within the Republic of Austria.

He composed by a French opera composed in his early teens and the founding of a German music society and a Hungarian academy of music.

His charity also ranges across Europe, which is one element making him a world citizen.

The airport of Budapest has recently been renamed "Liszt Ferenc International Airport."

Hungary and Austria equally regard Liszt as a central figure of their cultural heritage and an essential connection between the two countries.

The Austrian embassy has invited Maestro Martyn van den Hoek, a European pianist with a strong love for Asia, to give a Liszt concert at the Vietnam Cultural Space concert hall in Hanoi, and hold the first ever specialized Liszt master class for piano students of the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Martyn won first prize at the first international Franz Liszt competition in Netherlands in 1986.

His concert will reflect some of the incredibly wide range of Liszt's compositions including "Sonata quasi Fantasia" and "Hungarian Rhapsody."

The artist once worked with Vietnamese piano students as a juror at the Asian regional finals for the international Liszt competition in Shanghai in 2008.

"Since then, I have been greatly looking forward to visiting Vietnam and fill this white spot on my Asian musical map," the artist said.

At the event, the Hungarian Embassy will organize an exhibition on Liszt.

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