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Vietnamese flute and piano performance tops music gala
  • | | June 06, 2011 07:45 PM

A student of Vietnam National Academy of Music, Duong Ngoc Tu, won first prize at a music contest with his impressive traditional flute and piano performance.

The event, Viva Classica, was held on June 1 by the Italian Embassy in Vietnam and Thang Long University to mark Italian Independence Day (June 2) and the 150th anniversary of Italy’s Unification Day.

The event included four performances, including guitar and even the beatboxing of three students, Tran Nhat Linh, Tran Tam Trang and Ho Nam Phong. Stefano Ragni, the internationally-known pianist, was also in attendance for an exchange with young musicians.

Tu won over the crowd with his creative fusion of traditional Vietnamese flute and the piano, representing an interesting mix between Eastern and Western instruments. His performance was followed by thunderous applause.

As part of his prize, Tu was invited to join a concert at Hanoi Operat House on June 2 which attracted Stefano Ragni, Singer Paola Stafficci and a number of Vietnamese artists.

In addition to being able to play a number of instruments, Tu is also a talented composer and arranger.

Second place went to Tran Trung Kien for his piano performance and the beatboxing group.

Some photos of the gala:

Stefano Ragni performing

Duong Ngoc Tu

The beatboxing group

Lan Anh, with a piece called “Spring Time”

Tran Trung Kien at the piano

Vu Ngoc Tien played “Feste lariane”, by Mozzani

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