Trinh Cong Son Scholarship

The first performance of Evan Le in Vietnam is sold out

Hien Trang, translated by SOUL Corp. CSR team

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On the evening of December 17, the piano child prodigy Evan Le performed at the SOUL Christmas Charity Concert, “A Little Love…” – the first fundraising concert for the Trinh Cong Son Scholarship.

The SOUL Christmas Charity Concert was a night of music to celebrate Christmas and to raise funds for the Trinh Cong Son Scholarship. The show was mounted by the SOUL Live Project with performances of students and faculty from SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy (SMPAA) with two special guests: American-Vietnamese piano child prodigy, Evan Le and the winner of Vietnam’s Got Talent,Trong Nhan.

The show started as Evan Le appeared in a red ao dai, with artist and SMPAA Founder, Thanh Bui. The ao dai was a special gift that Mrs. Trinh Hoang Dieu – the younger sister of Trinh Cong Son, had personally designed for Evan when he visited the Trinh Cong Son family on December 15th before the concert. Evan Le began the concert with a performance of “Diem Xua”; a famous piece composed by Trinh Cong Son. The audience became silent and amazed at the moment when his small hands danced on the keyboard. Evan captured everyone’s heart completely with his adorable nature and with the manner in which he created harmony between himself and the music through his professional, “grown-up” performance style.

From surprise to admiration, everyone felt deeply and emotionally engaged in the music that Evan Le played. How a 5-year-old boy could perform Trinh Cong Son’s music so naturally, skillfully and passionately was a question many had. Of special note was the choice of the piece, “Diem Xua”, as this was actually a piece that Evan had fallen in love with and called Trinh Cong Son, “Uncle Musician Diem Xua”.

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The Trinh Cong Son Scholarship was set up by SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy (SMPAA) in conjunction with the Trinh Cong Son Family. In honor of Trinh Cong Son – the most revered Vietnamese songwriter, poet and painter – the Trinh Cong Son Scholarship will provide opportunities for young and talented Vietnamese individuals from underprivileged families to develop and pursue their passion in music and the arts. Not only a music scholarship, the Trinh Cong Son Scholarship also focuses on  developing well-rounded future leaders while committing to also support the young Vietnamese music talents who receive this scholarship on the entire journey of their full education. As we all know a true talent can achieve his or her fullest potential when he or she obtains all the elements, talent, knowledge and virtue they require.

In addition, the Trinh Cong Son Foundation also focuses on raising public awareness with regard to Autism and those individuals with Autism.

The Scholarship is now officially opened for application from December 17, 2016 to March 31, 2017. All candidates will go through 3 rounds of competition. The Advisory Board for the Trinh Cong Son Scholarship consists of: Trinh Vinh Trinh, Trinh Cong Son Family Member; Nguyen Duy, Poet; Nguyen Cong Khe, Journalist; Nguyen Trong Chuc, Journalist; Tran Manh Tuan, Musician; Nguyen Quang Dung, Music Director; Bui Cong Duy, Artist; Thanh Bui, Artist and Founder of SMPAA and Tyler Smith. The Advisory Board will choose the top 5 candidates who best fit the criteria to be awarded the scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship will receive a specifically designed program to fit their individual talent and development.

Source: http://bit.ly/2lt1PFB (Viet Daily)