Management board unveiled for Sun Symphony Orchestra in Vietnam

With a desire to contribute to the development of classical music in Vietnam, the founders of the Sun Symphony Orchestra (SSO) came together with the goal of establishing a new, world class orchestra.

Based in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, and functioning under the non-profit sponsorship wing of Sun Group — one of the leading enterprises in real estate, travel and entertainment sector in Vietnam — the SSO will serve the country as a cultural jewel while flying the flag for Vietnam on the international stage.

Among the orchestra’s civic goals is to cultivate an international standard, working environment that will nurture classical music talents in Vietnam. The orchestra will also stage concerts throughout Vietnam to spread a love of classical music nationwide.

By performing a ‘Classics Season’, featuring standard greats from the orchestral repertoire, the orchestra will bridge the gap between Vietnamese and foreign listeners from all backgrounds through the power of music. Another significant goal of the SSO is to invite world famous artists to Vietnam to perform with the orchestra in international standard concerts.

To fulfil its ambitions, the orchestra’s management board has appointed Mr. Olivier Fabrice Ochanine as Sun Symphony’s Music Director and Principal Conductor. The overall winner of the 2015 Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition in Budapest, Hungary, previously, Mr Ochanine has conducted numerous other orchestras across the world. Most recently he was the Music Director of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

In future, Sun Symphony Orchestra will practice and perform in a specially designed Opera House to be developed in Hanoi. This new state of the art concert hall will be developed to the highest international standards.

The new Opera House will be designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, who was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1998, and who has been compared to artistic visionaries Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Brunelleschi.

In recent times, Mr. Renzo Piano has designed highly modern and acclaimed auditoriums, including Parco della Musica in Rome (Italy) and Niccolò Paganini in Parma (Italy). The new Opera House will feature its own individual style to showcase the SSO and visiting performers from around the world.

Madam Nguyễn Thị Quỳnh Anh, a member of the new Management Board, and CEO of Sun Symphony Orchestra, said: “By developing a brand new, world class orchestra, and in future, by designing a new, international standard Opera House, the SSO will create a new international standard for classical music in Vietnam and a dynamic environment that will allow our passionate classically trained musicians to flourish not just in Vietnam but on the world stage.”

Representing the main sponsor, Mr. Đặng Minh Trường, CEO of the Sun Group said: “Music is the bridge that allows Sun Group to establish Sun Symphony Orchestra. Being the main sponsor to a brand new but potential orchestra, Sun Group does not aim at making profit from this project. The only thing we want to do is to help Sun Symphony Orchestra recruit the best artists nationally as well as internationally and bring world class classical music through stellar performances to the broad Vietnamese community and turn the Sun Symphony into an Orchestra of International standard which will stand proudly alongside the world’s best”.

After unveiling the orchestra’s management board, the SSO also officially confirmed the first round auditions to recruit the best talents with the most attractive benefits would be held from 19-22 October, 2017.

With professional investment, and the commitment of the founders, plus the help of international as well as local music experts, the SSO promises to create a world class environment that will take Vietnamese classical music to new heights through stellar performances for the Vietnamese and international community while announcing the country’s arrival on the world stage.