A performance at the gala.
The programme featured performances by People’s Artists Quang Tho and Trung Kien, as well as other popular singers including Trong Tan, Dang Duong and Anh Tho, along with musical pieces by the Vietnamese Traditional Orchestra and the Vietnamese Symphony.
The VNAM was established in 1956 as the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music. It is the first institution for professional music training in Vietnam with more than 300 lecturers, many of whom are professors and doctors.
The academy currently has nearly 1,800 students studying nearly 40 different music disciplines and programs.
Over the course of its history, the academy has been home to thousands of musicians, lecturers, music critics, musicologists, composers and conductors who have won significant prizes at musical competitions both at home and abroad.
VNAM’s music research, particularly in traditional music, has been published and used for musical performances and education in Vietnam and internationally. Most recently, the dossier compiled by the VNAM Institute of Musicology on ‘Xoan’ (Spring) singing from the ancestral land of Phu Tho, earned the art form UNESCO recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Protection.
For its contributions to the development of music in the country, VNAM has been awarded many Party and State honours, including the Labour Order, first class, in 1986 and the Independence Order, first class, in 2001 and 2006.