Vietnamese Pianist Qualifies for Poland International Contest - Video

Nguyen Viet Trung has become the first Vietnamese to compete in the world-renowned Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in more than 40 years.
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Nguyen Viet Trung is the second Vietnamese to compete at the International Chopin Piano Competition. Photo: Nguyen Viet Trung

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

Nguyen Viet Trung 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, cited VnExpress.

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."

Deputy Foreign Minister congratulates Vietnamese finalist at int’l piano competition

Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu on July 28 sent a letter of congratulations to Nguyen Viet Trung, the only representative of Vietnam at the final round of the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Poland.

In his letter, Hieu, also head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed his belief in the talented pianist’s further success in the contest, contributing to introducing Vietnamese cultural identities to international friends.

First held in 1927, the competition takes place every five years. Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai Son won its tenth edition in 1980. It took 40 years for Vietnam to have another finalist at the contest.

Trung, born in 1996, showed his musical talent from a young age and has so far received several prestigious awards, according to VNA.

Nguyen Viet Trung's performance. Video: VnExpress

Out of 500 participants of the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition, he was one of the 151 contestants selected by the organiser to perform live in the preliminary round and was named in its list of 87 finalists. The final round will be held from October 2 to 23 in Warsaw, Poland.

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