Vietnamese pianist qualifies for Poland international competition

By Hieu Nhan   July 28, 2021 | 02:29 pm GMT+7
Nguyen Viet Trung has become the first Vietnamese to qualify for the International Chopin Piano Competition in more than 40 years.

He will take on 86 others from many territories in the final round of the 18th competition to be held in Poland in October this year.

The 25-year-old said: "All my hard work is well rewarded. I am grateful to my family, especially to my parents who have sacrificed themselves, allowing me to focus on playing the piano."

He has begun preparing for the event.

Nguyen Viet Trung is the second Vietnamese to compete at the International Chopin Piano Competition. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Viet Trung.

Nguyen Viet Trung is the second Vietnamese to compete at the International Chopin Piano Competition. Photo courtesy of Nguyen Viet Trung.

One of the most important music events in the world, this year it has been postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The only Vietnamese to qualify before Trung was Dang Thai Son in 1980. He went on to win the competition.

Born in 1996, Trung is in his fifth year at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he is taught by renowned Polish pianist Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. He has won many prizes at piano competitions, including the grand prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Vietnam (2019), third prize at the International Piano Competition in Karlovac, Croatia (2019), and the grand prize and first prize at the All-Poland CEA Auditions (2014).

Polish music magazine Twoja Muza once called him "a music star with undeniable piano talent."

Nguyen Viet Trung's performance.

 
 
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