Vietnamese violinist enchants Filipino audience

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Vietnamese talented violinist Bui Cong Duy made a successful debut at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila, the Philippines, on November 11.

Under the baton of Korean conductor Lee Joon Jae and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vietnamese artist enchanted local audiences with composer Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 -- one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire -- and other works.

Duy, 31, who has spent 10 years of studying music abroad, has won several first prizes since he was nine years old, including: first prize at the Autumn Violin Contest in Hanoi in 1990;  first prize at the Demidov Violin Contest in Russia in 1993; first prize at the Bron-Novosibirsk Violin Contest in Russia in 1995;  and first prize at the Tchaikovsky Violin Contest in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1997.

His music was highly appreciated by Filipino audiences, which gave him a long applause.

According to Tessie O. Luz, who was in the audience, "I was amazed by Vietnamese violinist Bui Cong Duy's talent. He is young, but his skills are sharp and his performance reached the fullest of emotion. This is really one of the most wonderful concerts I have attended."

Dr Raul M.Sunico, CCP's director, said that Duy was invited to perform in Manila and give lectures over three days at the 400-year-old University of Santo Thomas's Department of Music because the artist had impressed him at a musical festival in Korea.

Conductor Lee Joon Jae also was impressed by Duy's performance. "It is wonderful to work with him as he is an outstanding violinist whose future absolutely lies in his hands."

Duy said that he was touched by friendly accommodations, as well as love from Filipino people. "I would like to perform Vietnamese compositions next time if I am invited again," said Duy, who received doctorate degree from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

According to Sunico, "Filipino audiences know little about Vietnamese people and culture. After Duy's successful performance, I hope more Vietnamese artists will be invited to perform in the Philippines as cultural connections between the two countries.

The concert in Manila was attended by several foreign ambassadors.

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