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2019_Vietnam Contemporary Music Centre (VCMC) 


Annual Report

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  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    Vietnam Contemporary Music Centre (VCMC) has set up relations with many music organizations in Asia and Europe. From 2019 to June 2020, we have organized many professional exchange activities and participated in International Music Festivals and Conferences and exchanged musical products such as Scores, CDs, DVDs and so on.
    Since the establishment, the VCMC’s main duties are to support the activities of composing, researching, performing, to encourage the compositions for Opera, Symphony, Orchestra, Choir and to collect Vietnamese folk songs and traditional music, etc.
    I. Highlights of the VCMC and music activities from 2019 to June 2020
    - May 5 to 10, 2019, VCMC attended the "Silk and Wood, Tradition and Contemporary" Music event organized by the National University of Colombia, the Conservatory of Music, and the Colombian Symphony Orchestra from in the capital Bogotá , Colombia. Participate in class for students on Composition Conducting; Participate in talks and presentations with the topic "Vietnam’s Monochord" and "Art management work". The work "Dialogue" for Dan Bau and Symphony Orchestra by Prof. Dr. Composer Do Hong Quan was selected to perform at the event.
    - June 8 to 22, 2019. VCMC to Worked at Shanghai Academy of Music (China) Composer Do Hong Quan has lectured students in the Composition Faculty (University, Master, doctor) Shanghai Conservatory of Music; participate in the presentation with the theme "Vietnamese music". The work "Down the mountain" for Chamber Orchestra by composer Do Hong Quan was performed by the Moscow Chamber Orchestra with 6 excellent musicians at the Professor Professor Concert on June 21, 2019.
    - In August 3 to 11, 2019 in Hanoi, VCMC to participated in the Organizing Committee of the Vietnam International Music Competition for Violin and Chamber Music 2019, with the participation of contestants from 19 countries around the world, organized by the Vietnam National Academy of Music, under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The competition attracted 63 contestants from 19 countries and territories. VCMC awarded the prize for excellent candidates: violin contestant, Feodor Ludovig (Russian Federation) won: Contestant playing the best song "Song of the Eagle"; and 2 "Star of Hope" awards from the VCMC for Kyung Ah Oh (Korea / US) and Kanon Aoki (Japan).
    - In September 15 to 20, 2019, VCMC to attend the “14th International festival of New Music “Europe –Asia” 2019 in Tatarstan Republic, Kazan city, by the Federation of Russian Federation of Musicians, Ministry of Literature and the Association of Composers of the Republic of Tatarstan organized, with the work "Four pictures" for oboe, percussion and piano by composer Do Hong Quan was performed at the Closing Festival concert.
    - In November 20 to 23, 2019, VCMC to attend the 2019 Neo Cultural Silk Road International Festival “A Pentatonic scale of Heaven” in Gyeongju & Daegu, Republic of Korea, with the work "Four pictures" for oboe, percussion and piano by composer Do Hong Quan was performed at the event.
    - In December 5 to 10 December 2019, VCMC invited the Model Orchestra of the National Guard of the Russian Federation to visit and perform in Vietnam, he consists of 81 musicians to perform in Vietnam from with 2 performances under the theme “Friendship melody" including classical music of Russia, contemporary music the world and Vietnam.
    - In January 9 to 11, 2020, VCMC cooperated with the People's Committee of Quang Ninh province, Department of Culture and Sports of Quang Ninh province to organize the first "International Music Festival - Ha Long Green 2020" in Ha Long City, Join with nearly 200 artists, singers, actors, 6 typical bands of Vietnam, 3 bands from countries (Kazakhstan, Japan, China), and musicians, singers from Ukraine, Thailand, Laos ...
    - In February 21, 2020, VCMC to attend the Asian and Contemporary Concert "Asian composers of Vietnam and Japan with Monochord" in Tokyo, Japan, as the Chairman Vietnam Composers' League (ACL) in Vietnam and author of the work "Memories” performed in concert, by Federation of Japanese Composers.Inc (JFC) in collaboration with the Group organization of art and culture of Taito city, organized by the Japan Contemporary Music Association. The content of the program includes a seminar on contemporary Asian music, introducing the Vietnam Monochord and introducing the Vietnamese Monochord and performing the works for Monochord and chamber orchestra
    - The Minnesota Symphony Orchestra (United States) plans to tour in Vietnam, from June 26 to July 2, 2020, by the Vietnam Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and US Embassy in Vietnam organized, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the United States. At the invitation of the Orchestra's leader, composer Do Hong Quan composed "Procession of the moon” for the Symphony Orchestra and Monochord. The work intends to perform at the Opening Ceremony - the first launch of the tour at the Hanoi Opera House, and other performances in Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, Monochord solo: Meritorious Artist Bui Le Chi. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the program was canceled.

  • Please describe your organization's research activities over the past year: 
    In 2019 to June 2020, the professors who are members of VCMC collaborated with the Vietnam National Academy of Music, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, based on teaching experiences of many years in Composition, research and compilation of higher education curricula on music composition and have wrote: “University Teaching Curriculum on Composition” and “University Curriculum of Arrangement”. We have combined reative work like Composing with teaching, research. And some of members were published in specialized journals and presented in scientific conferences. Environmental issues in the process of training composers should be seriously mentioned too. Music composition is a continuous and persistent process, which need a lot of exploration and experiment so it is necessary to have a favorable musical environment. The students’ compositions must be echoed from the Piano by its own composers and then presented in the romance orchestras with accompaniment. For some experimental genres such as specific music (Concret) music or music mixes with electronic sounds, magnetic tapes... a studio is required for students to practice and experience the effects. Importantly, teachers, professors or music educators are those who decide the quality and development direction of young musician generation. They must be highly priviledged and have famous compositions as well as experiences in training in composition. Without such experienced senior musicians, the quality of training cannot be good enough. Concerning the importance of training composers, no composers, no musical works. The composition will be a source of nutrition for the “musical body” of a nation, a country, enriching the performances of symphony orchestras, Ballet Opera theaters, and Music Festivals as well as providing new musical works for Solo artists. The training of composers is closely related to the music life of the country. The strength or weakness of music of a nation depends first and foremost on composers and the next generations. Focusing on the training of composers also helps motivate other majors such as performance, conducting or theoretical research... Presenting at the music workshops, within the framework of festivals, music events: - The National University of Colombia, its Conservatory of Music, the concert “Silk and wood in concert; tradition and contemporaneity” at the León de Greiff Auditorium in Bogotá, Colombia (May 5th – 10th, 2019). - Shanghai Conservatory of Music, from 18-22 Jun, 2019. - The XIV International festival of New Music “Europe –Asia” from 15th to 20th September 2019, in Tatarstan Republic, Kazan city. - The 2019 Neo Cultural Silk Road International Festival “A Pentatonic scale of Heaven”, 20-23 Nov 2019, at Gyeongju & Daegu, Republic of Korea - The concert “Asian Contemporary and Tradition” 21st February 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.


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