Saigon Chamber Music Festival set to start this Saturday

Saigon Chamber Music Festival set to start this Saturday

Hoang The Phong

The fourth season of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival will take place from August 5 to 13 in HCMC, featuring the the award-winning Notos Quartet in Germany – PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

The fourth season of the Saigon Chamber Music Festival will take place from August 5 to 13 at the HCMC Conservatory of Music in District 1.

Organized by the Transposition Program in collaboration with HCMC Conservatory of Music and Goethe Institut Vietnam, the festival is aimed at helping inspire young local artists to learn and improve their knowledge and skills.

The organizer says in a statement yesterday that 30 young musicians from HCMC, Hanoi and Malaysia have been chosen to participate in the week-long festival featuring four members of the award-winning Notos Quartet in Germany including violinist Sindri Lederer, viola artist Andrea Burger, cellist Philip Graham and pianist Antonia Köster.

A highlight of the festival is a series of workshops at 4.30 p.m. from August 6 to 10 where participants can learn to build their own performance style and music development targets with the assistance of the Notos Quartet and local popular pianist Nguyen Bich Tra.

A concert called “Young Virtuosos” to wrap up the Saigon Chamber Music event will be held  at 8 p.m. on August 11 at the HCMC Conservatory of Music in District 1, providing an opportunity for music talent to showcase what they have learned from the festival.  

Set up in 2007, the quartet has won the 2011 Parkhouse Award in London, first prize at the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition in China, and first prize at the 2017 International Chamber Music Competition Almere in the Netherlands. 

Pianist Antonia Köster was a student of Kalle Randalu at the University of Music Karlsruhe and completed her Master’s degree under the supervision of Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has cooperated with numerous musicians like pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja and French pianist Pascal Devoyon.

Violinist Sindri Lederer finished his studies under the guidance of Christoph Schickedanz at the University of Music Hamburg and under Uwe-Martin Haiberg at the Berlin University of Arts. He gained further musical insights through renowned musicians like pianist Menahem Pressler and Emanuel Ax, and cellist/conductor David Geringas.

 

 

 



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