Toyota Scholarships granted to young music talents

85 Toyota Scholarships worth VND340 million were granted to young Vietnamese music students in Ho Chi Minh City on November 21.

The deserving students were from the Vietnam National Academy of Music, Hue Academy of Music, Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, Tay Bac Culture and Arts College and Viet Bac Culture and Arts College.

Launched in 2009, ‘Toyota Scholarships for Vietnamese Young Music Talents’ aims to encourage music students who won local and international music awards and have disadvantaged situations; and ethnic minority music students.

The fund has been offered to 475 scholarships since its establishment. The entire ticket proceeds of the Toyota concerts have been used for this meaningful scholarship program.

Toyota Concert Tour 2013 took place at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on July 30 and at Hanoi Opera House on August 2-3 celebrating Japan-Vietnam Friendship Year and 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The concert presented to music lovers various delicate melodies of Japan, Vietnam and the world including two works of Russian romanticism composer Tchaikovsky, the joyful ‘Music for Symphony Orchestra’ of Japanese conductor-composer Yasushi Akutagawa, and ‘Xe chi luon kim’ (a duet love folk song of the northern province of Bac Ninh) by composer Tran Manh Hung.

The classic music works were performed by VNSO, under the baton of Japanese maestro Honna Tetsuji. Young talented violinist Do Phuong Nhi, 15, was Guest of Honor at the concert.

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