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10/2/2018 2:48:38 PM

A sonata evening with composer Nguyen Van Quy

On October 30, music lovers in Hanoi will have a chance to entertain by an unique celebration themed A Sonata Evening with Vietnamese Composer Nguyễn Văn Quỳ, who was given the nicknames "Quỳ Sonate" and "Vietnamese Beethoven".

The Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) and United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) will host this evening to honours Quỳ’s life and work at UNIS Hanoi, Theatre in Tay Ho District, Hanoi.

The program captures the essence of Quỳ’s achievements through one of Quy’s sonatas (no. 6 or 8) for the violin and piano (30 minutes) performed by Phạm Thanh Hà (Violin) and Phan Huy Phúc (Piano); Da khúc (Nocturne) (one of the songs written and composed by Quỳ.

Nguyen Van Quy was born in 1925 in Hanoi and has revealed musical talent since childhood. His melodies are inspired by Vietnamese traditional music as well as French Romanticism.

Quỳ’s three biggest loves in life are Vietnam, Music and Teaching.

He composed nine sonatas for the violin and piano between 1964 and 2003 as well as nine songs. Beethoven composed ten sonatas (for the violin and piano). Having composed nine, Quỳ is nicknamed “Beethoven of Vietnam”.

Now at the age of 93, his body is frail but his mind is still as sharp as ever. His greatest wish for his final years is to be recognised for his musical achievements in this modern time.

This is an event for all sections of the Vietnamese and expat communities and a chance for us all to give Quỳ, one of the unsung heroes of Vietnamese classical and chamber music, the recognition he deserves.

In order to attend this event you must pre-register with the organisers. You will receive further information with a confirmation number and ticketing information.

If you are a member of UNIS (the UNIS community or a UNIS student) this event will be promoted internally through UNIS Hanoi.

For questions or problems registering please contact

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