The first live show of Nguyen Tuan Nam, the youngest lecturer at the Vietnam National Music Institute will take place at the Hanoi Opera House on August 22, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
After earning an excellent diploma on piano-jazz from the Malmo Music Institute in Sweden, Nguyen Tuan Nam, 25, returned home in June 2010 to become a lecturer at the Vietnam National Music Institute’s Accordion-Guitar-Jazz Faculty.
In 1995, just one year after Nam began studying music, Nam won the prize for best performer of Vietnamese music and first prize for contestants between the ages of 8-13 at the National Electronic Music Competition. Seeing special talent in their son, Nam’s parents decided to send their son to the Hanoi Conservatory of Music (currently Vietnam National Music Institute) when Nam was 11 years old.
Studying at the Accordion-Guitar-Piano Faculty and specializing in jazz, Nam was always the top student. He could practice with his piano the entire day until his fingers got stiff. Doctor of music Luu Quang Minh said that Tuan Nam has a special talent for jazz.
In 2007, the International Sydney Conservatory (Australia) organized an exam at the Vietnam National Music Institute. The institute chose its best students for this contest. Nam was the only piano student who won a full scholarship to study at the International Sydney Conservatory.
He also won a full scholarship to study at the Malmo Music Institute in Sweden the same year. He was an excellent student at Malmo.
In March 2009, the Vietnam National Music Institute invited him to return home to join an accordion and piano show in June 2009 with three outstanding jazz artists in Vietnam. The French Embassy in Vietnam once again organized this show at the French Cultural Centre – L’Espace in Hanoi.
After graduating from Malmo Music Institute, Nam refused many other work and study opportunities in order to return to Vietnam and become the youngest lecturer at the Vietnam National Music Institute.
“Vietnam has had many young jazz artists. The development of jazz here has made great progress in comparison to five years ago,” Nam commented.
The liveshow on August 22 will introduce 13 works, including “A Day in Paris” and “Feels Like Home” composed by Nam. The show will also include the participation of Nam’s teacher, Prof. Hakan Rydin, Trio Per Oscar Nilsson from Sweden, and Vietnam’s leading Jazz saxophonists Quyen Van Minh and Quyen Thien Dac.