Nhan Dan Online – Tengku Ahmad Irfan, a talented young Malaysian pianist, will play alongside the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) at two concerts in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on October 29 and November 3.
The orchestra will delight Vietnamese audiences with classical works including Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No.9 – ‘From the New World’, and Datuk Mokhzani Ismail’s ‘We are one’.
Composer Ngo Hoang Quan’s arrangement of ‘Ly Hoai Thuong’, a folk song from central Vietnam, for string orchestra will also be featured at the concerts.
14-year-old pianist Tengku Ahmad Irfan is recognised as a musical phenom in his home country for the “sophistication and depth” of his work. He started studying piano at the age of seven and made his debut performance at the age of 11. Irfan has not only established his talent in performing, but also in composing pieces for piano, chamber pieces and larger orchestral works.
He is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival 2013 Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 Competition, the 2012 Morton Gould Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and the 2012 Charlotte Bergen Award.
Irfan currently studies at Juilliard Pre-College, taking on a double major in piano and composition under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ira Taxin, and also studying conducting with George Stelluto. He is a Teaching Artist Intern in the New York Philharmonic Composer’s Bridge Program and a High Honours high school student at the Professional Children’s School.
The concerts kick off at 8 pm, at Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on October 31 and at Hanoi Opera House on November 3. Tickets are priced from VND 200,000 to VND 600,000, and can be collected at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district, or at the Office of the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera, 7 Lam Son Square, District 1.
(Source: CPV/ Translated by Nhan Dan Online)