Monday, August 07, 2006

Moscow-Trained Classical Music Conductor Nguyen Anh Son, 25, Slated To Become Vietnam's Youngest Classical Opera And Symphony Conductor

"After graduating from the Moscow-based Tchaikovsky Conservatory as an opera and symphony orchestra conductor, Nguyen Anh Son has recently returned home and become the youngest conductor of Vietnam, at the age of 25.

Born into an artistic family, Son learned to play the piano since he was 5 years old from his father, Artist of Merit Son Hai. Son won the second prize at the Ho Chi Minh City Piano Young Talent Contest in 1996.

He finished the intermediate level of the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music in 1999. He then was sent to Tchaikovsky Conservatory for conductors’ course.

In March 2006 Son conducted the Tchaikovsky Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra at the conservatory’s hall. He also conducted the Russia’s Yaroslav Symphony Orchestra performing fantasia Utyos by Rachmaninov.

This is also the work that Son will conduct the Ho Chi Minh Symphony and Ballet Theatre’s orchestra in the gala ‘Autumn Melody’ in September 18 at the city’s theatre. He started the rehearsal for the show on August 1.

Although earning an university degree with merit, conductor Anh Son said he wanted to work for some years to get more experience and then would continue his studying career. Son is a new hope for Vietnam’s symphony music as now there are only a handful of conductors in the country." ...

VietnamNet Bridge "Nguyen Anh Son, youngest conductor of Vietnam" August 6, 2006

Moscow and Ho Chi Minh City Music Conservatory-trained classical music conductor Nguyen Anh Son. Is an appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) and an American MacArthur Fellowship in his future? Will Washington, D.C. -- like Moscow and Ho Chi Minh City -- have its own Music Conservatory by the time of his invitation and appearance?

Photo credit: Copyright VietnamNet Bridge, Hanoi, Vietnam. With thanks.


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