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Acclaimed Vietnamese-French zither artist to perform in Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 19:00 GMT+7

Vietnamese-French pianist and zither artist Tri Nguyen will perform a recital in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, treating local audience to two of his albums.

At the February 13 show at the French Culture Exchange Institute (IDECAF), Nguyen will play new pieces in his third album Beyond Borders and those in his first album Consonnances, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Starting to studying music at young age, Nguyen moved to France to study at the Ecole Normale de Musicque de Paris, a leading conservatoire located in Paris, after graduating from the Saigon National Music and Drama School, now Ho Chi Minh City Music Conservatory.

A master of the piano and the Vietnamese zither, he has performed for leading orchestras, theatres and radios in the U.S. and Europe.

In France, he was invited to perform at the closing ceremony for the Aubervilliers World Music Festival, the 17th Cinema and Theatres Festival in Bobigny, and has aired on various radios such as France Culture, Protestant Frequency, Radio RMA, Radio RCF, said the artist’ website.

In 2012, Tri Nguyen also inaugurated the Festival “A Village for Artists” in Isère.

His first album Consonnances features Vietnamese traditional instrument đàn tranh (16-chord zither) and a string quartet of a viola, a cello and two violins.

It won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Global Music Awards, an international awards event founded in 1989 under the patronage of Albert II, Prince of Monaco, based in Monte Carlo.

In November the same year, the Album received another award from Los Angeles-based AKADEMIA USA music award for Best Album (Instrumental/Classical category).

Nguyen, who has lived in France for 29 years, said Vietnamese music should be played by artists in largest theatres.

Early this month, Nguyen released his third album which combines Vietnamese folk melody and European traditional music, in Paris.

The album features a number of songs based on a Vietnamese traditional genre called lý which are popular in the central and southern regions.

He also invited Corsican artists to sing on the background of piano and đàn tranh.

According to Nguyen, music of his third album reflects the sounds of his heart, mind, and the desire to show the value of Vietnamese music to the world.

It’s also a journey for him to return home after travelling to many places around the world, as he once said in an interview with Vietnam New Agency-run The Thao&Van Hoa (Sports & Culture) newspaper.

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