Wednesday, 28/03/2018 14:36

VN students win prizes in Japan

Great honour: Le Trang Linh (right) receives the prize from a representative of the judging board. Photo courtesy of Le Trang Linh’s family
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Vietnamese students have won various prizes at the Kyushu Music Concour 2018 held in Kumamoto, Japan.

Phan Trung Kien won the voice gold prize in the 18-25 age group, while Le Trang Linh won the gold prize for piano in the 11-12 age group.

Both Kien and Linh, who are students of the Viet Nam National Music Academy, also won the special prizes, the highest prize in the contest, for their impressive performances. The special prizes were awarded to mark the 20th anniversary of the contest.

Over 1,000 contestants from all over the world competed in the annual contest, which has categories including vocal and piano for people under 18 and people aged 18 to 25.

Kien, who possesses a bass voice, and Lai Thi Huong Ly, with a soprano voice, both competed in the vocal category for ages 18-25.

Last year, Kien won the gold cup at the Asia Pacific Festival 2017 held in Hong Kong. He then won the first prize at the National Young Talent Contest for Art Students held in Nha Trang the same year.

Kien started to play the organ at 5 years old and then learnt piano. Only in 2013, after he graduated from high school in the northern province of Lang Son, did he begin studying vocal performance at the academy.

Artist Do Quoc Hung, acting head of the Voice Department at the academy and Kien’s supervisor for the past few years, said he chose the aria Dormiro sol nel manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi so that he could utilise his bass voice to maximum advantage.

“The bass voice that Kien possesses is rare and valuable to opera circles not only in Viet Nam but also across Southeast Asia and Asia at large,” Hung said. “He is the only one under 40 who can sing with that voice. I believe that if Kien gets further training and practice, he will have more opportunities to achieve success.”

Student Ly won the silver prize in the same category.

Le Phuong Linh has been learning the piano for the past four years under the guidance of noted pianist Nguyen Trinh Huong.

Linh has won various prizes, including the second prize in an online contest titled “Best Mozart Competition”, held on the 262nd birthday anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in January 2018.  

Three other students of Huong: Le Thu Giang, Vu Phuong Anh and Pham Nguyen Nguyet Ha - also won the Silver Prize in the 13-14 age group, the Bronze Prize in the 13-14 age group and the Bronze Prize in the 15-17 age group, respectively, in the same contest.

Le Quoc Nhat Minh, another Vietnamese student, won the Bronze Prize in the 11-12 age group. — VNS

National pride: Phan Trung Kien (left) and Lai Thi Huong Ly pose for a photo with their prizes. Photo


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