The concert is supported by the program Idea Booster of Goethe-Institut Ho-Chi-Minh-City
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Saigon Classical and Goethe-Institut has the honor of inviting you to the concert “The Memorial – Sự tưởng nhớ”, with the participation of devoted Beethoven virtuoso Nguyen Duc Anh - the first Vietnamese pianist awarded the title of Blüthner Artist. He will perform two of the best-known and most powerful piano sonatas Op.111 and Op.57, representing the two last composing periods of Beethoven in conjunction with releasing the first audio CD of pianist Nguyen Duc Anh: “Beethoven: The Memorial”, marking a new path of his professional music journeys.
PART 1: PIANO RECITAL
Piano Sonata Op. 111 in C minor
I. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato (C minor)
II. Arietta – Adagio molto semplice e cantabile (C major)
Piano Sonata Op. 57 “Appassionata” in F minor
I. Allegro assai (F minor)
II. Andante con moto (D flat major)
III. Allegro ma non troppo – Presto (F minor)
PART 2: CD INTRODUCTION
Duc-Anh Nguyen was born in a musical family in Hanoi, Vietnam. He started learning piano at the age of seven in Vietnam National Academy of Music with Professors: Thu-Ha Tran, Lan-Huong Ngo, Vinh-Huong Hoang. Since 2013, he has continued his study at Freiburg Music University, Germany. Between 2015 – 2017 he completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree with distinction for piano performance under the instructions of Professor Tibor Szász and Professor Éric Le Sage.
In recent years, Duc Anh has won the prize of “Hanoi Chopin Association” in the 2nd International Piano competition in Hanoi in 2012. From then to 2014 he won the second prize (1st prize not awarded) in the “Alkan-Zimmerman International Piano Competition” in Athens, Greece. A year later, Duc Anh received a certificate of merit from the minister of the democratic republic of Vietnam for the above impressive achievements. During this time, he had the opportunity to work in the Masterclass with some renowned musicians such as Robert Hill, Denis Pascal, Bernhard Wulff.
In 2015, Duc Anh participated as an artist of honor in the 40th anniversary of Germany - Vietnam diplomatic relationship in Berlin. He was also a guest artist in the Autumn International Festival in Ho Chi Minh city in 2015, Gina Bachauer Music Festival in Corfu, Greece in 2017, Long Lake Festival in Lugano, Switzerland in 2019. He was invited to perform with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi Chamber Orchestra, Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, Ho Chi Minh Ballet Symphony Orchestra. At the end of 2017, he was one of the four founders of the first Vietnamese Classical Music Startup named “Maestoso”.
Duc-Anh Nguyen is known as one of the leading pianists in his country. In 2020, Duc Anh is honored to be the first Vietnamese pianist to become a Blüthner Artist. As an enthusiastic and passionate musician, Duc Anh has always desired to perform uncommon but high-quality works from the forgotten composers. He was the first person who introduced the piano music of Charles-Valentin Alkan to the Vietnamese audience. Duc Anh also has a passion for national classical music. He has introduced compositions of Vietnamese composers to the international audience.