Nguyen Ngoc Thi Thu, 14, and her younger sister, Nguyen Ngoc Thuy Trang, 11, have commuted around 100 kilometers round trip from their home in Hoa Binh Province, northern Vietnam to Hanoi each Sunday morning to join a symphony orchestra for nearly one year.
They play the trumpet in the Vietnam Youth Orchestra.
Thu and Trang reside in Luong Son District under Hoa Binh Province.
Thu started to learn how to play the trumpet when she was in grade one, while her younger sister began playing the musical instrument when she was five years old.
Their trumpet instructor was their father, who is a trumpeter.
He often practices playing the trumpet at home, so he instructed his daughters to play.
The father frequently records their trumpet practice, and posts the videos on his Facebook account.
Once Tran Hien, conductor of the Vietnam Youth Orchestra, watched some of these videos, he quickly contacted the two sisters to invite them to the orchestra.
Since then, each Sunday morning, the two young girls wake up at 5:00 am and take a bus at 6:30 am to Hanoi to play with the orchestra.
After nearly one year of their efforts in trumpet practice in the Vietnamese capital, the two young sisters will perform as members of the orchestra at the Hanoi Opera House this Sunday.
With the participation of over 70 young music players coming from multiple schools and having different nationalities, the Vietnam Youth Orchestra is expected to offer audiences a party of classical music.
Founded in 2022, the Vietnam Youth Orchestra, financed by individuals, is meant to create a classical music space for children and bring this type of music closer to the public.