Vietnam capital to host Tchaikovsky concerts this May

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The Hanoi Opera House will hold concerts on May 4 and 5 that will expose audiences to the famous works of renowned Russian composer Tchaikovsky, news website Vietnamplus reported March 18.

The concert will include three of Tchaikovsky's most famous works: "Marche Slave," composed in 1876; Symphony No. 1 in G minor, which combines Russian and Ukrainian folk songs; and the Symphony No. 5 in F minor, written in 1888.

Vietnamese pianist Tran Thi Tam Ngoc, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and Japanese conductor Shinozaki Yasuo will participate in the event.

Born in Hanoi, Ngoc learned to play piano at the age of four. After eleven years of study at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, she was granted a full scholarship to attend the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. Upon graduating, she continued her studies at the Boston Conservatory in the US, where she earned a Master of Arts Degree.

The pianist won the highest award at the 2004 Asia International Chopin Piano Competition in Malaysia and first prize three years in a row at the competition for solo piano and chamber music at the Boston Conservatory from 2007-2009.

She now instructs musicians at the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

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