Classical Concert with pianist Mai Charissa

by TL14 September 2015 Last updated at 16:31 PM


VTV.vn - A classical concert with Mai Charissa, a half British half Vietnamese pianist, took place at L’space in Hanoi on September 12.

This is her first solo performance in Vietnam. Born in 1996,  she began playing piano at the age of 5 in France, and continued her studies in Thailand and the UK. Her first performance in Vietnam drew a large crowd in Hanoi.

Nguyn Thu Hang, audience said: It’s so amazing. I can definitely feel the tremendous talent and experience of Mai when listening to her playing music.

Mai Charissa won the first prize in a piano contest in Thailand when she was 9 years old. She studied under pianist Phạm Trọng Chương from the Hanoi College of the Arts. After her graduation from Vannes Academy of Music in France, she took part in master-classes at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.

"In Asia, teachers focus on technique. In France, my teacher focuses on how to preserve the spirit of the original composition. In the UK, teachers focus on the creativity and individuality of the pianist.", Mai Charissa

Since 2008, Mai Charissa has participated in many music festivals around the world. Currently she is a student at Cambridge University. She will continue to improve her performance skills through her studies and her passion for music.

Mai Charissa was born in 1996 to a Vietnamese mother and British father and began learning to play piano in France at the age of five.

She was taught by renowned soloist Jean-Gabriel Ferlan at the Vannes Academy of Music in France from 2008 to 2014; after which she took part in master-classes under the direction of Colin Stone at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.

Before the age of 15, Mai Charissa had won two national musical awards in Thailand as well as graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. Since 2008, the young talent has performed at numerous concerts in France and Britain as well as a number of charity performances along with famous Japanese pianist Yuko Donada and pianist-fantasist Pierre-Yves Plat.

In May 2012, Mai Charissa joined a piano and violin concert along with other musical talents from the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, delighting classical music lovers in the capital city.

Currently, in addition to study of Middle Eastern research and language at the Trinity College under the University of Cambridge, Mai Charissa is taking several advanced courses for pianists to further improve her performance skills.

Before the performances in Hanoi, she will attend the Beethoven Festival in Bonn city, Germany. Her solo concert at L’Espace is expected to bring wonderful moments to audiences.



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