As part of the continuation of the Asia Programme’s activities in Vietnam, as well as the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, in late November 2018 the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi hosted three concerts featuring pieces by Polish and Vietnamese composers.
The concerts was again conducted by Wojciech Czepiel, who has been working with music academies and artists from Southeast Asia for many years. In May 2012, he was awarded the Gloria Artis Medal by the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Artists invited to the project by the conductor included pianists Joanna Marcinkowska and Nguyen Viet Trung, as well as the chamber group Hanoi New Music Ensemble. Joanna Marcinkowska, one of the leading Polish pianists of the younger generation, is the Doctor of Musical Arts and appointed lecturer at the Department of the Pianoforte of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. She has won awards and prizes at several international and nationwide piano competitions and festivals. Nguyen Viet Trung is a young Vietnamese pianist educated in Poland. He has honed his skills at master classes conducted by such prominent pianists and teachers as Dang Thai Son, the winner of the 10th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, professor Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń and Ewa Pobłocka. The Hanoi New Music Ensemble is a chamber group founded in 2015 focusing on performing works of contemporary Vietnamese composers as well as world music. The ensemble regularly gives concerts at the Vietnam National Academy of Music.
The programme of the concerts comprised works by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Czepiel and contemporary Vietnamese composers: Nguyen Minh Nhat and Vu Nhat Tan.
The concerts were organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand in collaboration with the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. The project was also supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Hanoi.
Symphony concert of the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wojciech Czepiel. The solo parts will be performed by Joanna Marcinkowska and Nguyen Viet Trung.
Joanna Marcinkowska’s piano recital
Chamber concert of the Hanoi New Music Ensemble conducted by Wojciech Czepiel
Source: own materials, artists' promotional materials, compiled by AO, translated by AW, Nov 2018
Maestro Wojciech Czepiel conducted symphonic concerts of Polish classical music in Hanoi and...