Young Vietnamese aces piano contest in Australia

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Vietnamese pianist Luu Hong Quang won the first prize at the 2011 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition held in Australia on August 14-28.

In addition to the first prize worth US$20,000, Quang, 21, from Hanoi, also won the Best Recital prize in Round Two, Best Performance of a Classical Sonata, Best Performance of a Work by Liszt, and The Pnina Salzman Memorial Prize for Chopin.

Quang, son of Prof. Luu Quang Minh, an accordion and jazz expert, began learning piano in 1996, and entered the secondary level piano program of the Vietnam National Academy of Music the next year under the guidance of Professor Dr. Tran Thu Ha. 

In 2007, the gifted pianist received a full scholarship at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music, where he is studying in the piano undergraduate program with Professor Kyunghee Lee. 

Since 2008, he has been participating in competitions including the Sydney Eisteddfod Kawai Piano Award, and the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition.

The Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition was established in 1998 in memory of the late Professor Lev Vlassenko, the world-renowned international concert pianist and teacher from Tbilisi, Georgia.

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