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Sun Symphony Orchestra (SSO) was founded in 2017 under the auspices of Sun Group. The orchestra organizes various concerts of different scales to serve different audiences, aiming to an international standard orchestra in Vietnam, bringing the classical music closer to the public. The new season (2019-2020) with the name of “The Rising Sun” is considered an important turning point of the orchestra.
One of the major concerts in the last season of the Sun Symphony Orchestra, conducted by French artist Olivier Ochanine
The new music season is expected to feature seven concerts featuring the top artists in the world of classical music. In addition, the orchestra continues to accompany young talents through chamber music concerts and education concerts in collaboration with the Vietnam National Academy of Music every month.
The beginning of “The Rising Sun” music season is a concert named “Thibaudet with Saint-Saens” with the participation of world famous pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. In addition to prestigious music awards such as the Premier Prix du Conservatoire, he has also recorded for well-known movies such as Pride and Prejudice or Atonement. Thibaudet was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur Award by the French Victoires de la Musique, honoring a lifetime career achievement.
His coming to Vietnam to perform is a very rare occasion because he only performed with best orchestras of New York or Europe. In the list of countries he visited, very few appeared Asian countries. The fact that world famous pianist agreed to perform in Vietnam with a newly formed orchestra like the Sun Symphony Orchestra proves a certain level of professionalism and competence of SSO in the Vietnamese art scene.
Information about the concert with the presence of pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Mr. Olivier Ochanine, conductor and music director of SSO said: “We’re finally selling tickets. It’s not necessarily about the incomes. Though of course it’s great to earn a little bit more of incomes from what we do, our efforts help to teach the audience the value of classical music. It takes a lot of effort. People often think being a musician is easy. It looks all fun when we’re playing, but it takes many years of hard work to be able to perform fluently like that. And unlike last season when all the audience was invited, this new music season is more open to public because of the tickets.
“Today Thibaudet is one of the top 5 pianists and he has agreed to come to Vietnam to perform with the SSO. This is really huge. If you check out Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s performing schedule on his website, you’ll see that he only performs with the best orchestras like Los Angeles Philharmonic, top orchestras in New York, and then you’ll see the Sun Symphony Orchestra. I believe this can help put Vietnam on the music map.
“We have many other plans in the future and there will be more wonderful soloists coming. The world famous pianist Đặng Thái Sơn will perform with us next year to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig Van Beethoven.
“We will also have more education programs. We make music for all audience in Vietnam, especially the young generation. It’s not necessary for them to make music but for them to be introduced to music because music is so powerful, not just for us musicians but for anybody who gives it a chance.”
“Sun Symphony Orchestra” and “Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam” together with world famous orchestras named in the performance schedule
With only two of the seven famous artists announced to join the Sun Symphony Orchestra, “The Rising Sun” music season has shown the level of investment in effort to hone skills and courage of Vietnamese artists to reach out to the “big world”. This is also the first season when SSO has opened ticket sales to a larger audience, giving more people the opportunity to get closer to the academic arts at a virtuous level.
Interested audiences can buy tickets here.