Hanoi concerts to celebrate Chopin's 200th birthday

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Hanoi will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth with two concerts on September 7 and 8 at the Hanoi Opera House.

World-renowned Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna will lead the talented young Vietnamese pianist Luu Hong Quang and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Chopin's Concerto No.1 E minor and "Symphony No.6 "˜Pathetique'" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

The Polish-born pianist and composer is considered one of the great masters of Romantic music. All of Chopin's works feature the piano. They are technically demanding but emphasize nuance and expressive depth.

The renowned prodigy gave his first public concert at age seven. Chopin has been compared to Beethoven and Mozart.

Chopin (1810-18-49) was born to a musical family. His father played the flute and violin; his mother taught piano at an elite musical boarding school that the family managed.

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