Activities 2010

DECEMBER: Launch of instrumental teacher website this week

Grete Rasmussen and Leif Haglund are working with 6 dedicated teachers at the Vietnam National Academy of Music this week.

During the workshop, Grete, Leif and their Vietnamese colleagues are working to create a structure for the instrumental teachers’ web-site. Leif Haglund is responsible for the technical and visual part of the site.

Grete Rasmussen from Barratt Due Institute of Music explains: “The workshop this week is crucial if we shall succeed in finishing a “knowledge base” for the new instrumental teacher’s students study next autumn”.

This time the teachers focus on knowledge concerning the young beginner student (7/9-12 year).

Take a look at how their work progress during the week at:  and read more about the collaboration between Barratt Due Institute of Music and Vietnam here:



NOVEMBER: Master classes for guitar

Swedish guitar player Magnus Andersson visits HCMC Conservatory to hold master classes. Andersson has played a significant role in the creation of modern guitar repertoire, and this is his second time giving master classes at the Conservatory in HCMC.

Huy Nguyen Thanh from Guitar department of HCMC Conservatory just posted these photos on Facebook from the first days of work shop/masreclass. Everyone works hard towards the recital on Friday.

Take a look at our facebook pages and visit Huy’s pages:

The Trondheim Soloists. Photo: Jørn Adde

The Trondheim Soloists. Photo: Jørn Adde

NOVEMBER: Workshop with the Trondheim Soloists

Workshop for strings at HCMC Conservatory by Øyvind Gimse, artistic director for the Trondheim Soloists, Daniel Turcina (violin) and Marit Laugen (violin/viola),  from the renowned Norwegian string ensemble. The workshop will take place in week 45, ending with a concert for all involved students and staff.

Mahler 8. rehearsals Photo: Truls Sanaker

OCTOBER: Symphony of a thousand

Linn Helene Husby Løken, trainee at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi has written the following article from the Mahler 8: “Around a thousand Vietnamese and international musicians gathered in Hanoi on 23 October to perform a Vietnam premiere of Symphony No. 8 of the famous composer Gustav Mahler. Among the thousand were six participants from Norway.”

Read more:

OCTOBER: Annual partner meeting in Hanoi

Transposition’s annual partner meeting will take place in Hanoi on October 24. Representatives from the Norwegian and Vietnamese partner institutions are invited to the meeting where next year’s activities will be discussed.

From VNSO's staging of Mahler 2.

From VNSO's staging of Mahler 2.

OCTOBER: Mahler’s 8th in Hanoi

Hanoi’s 1000 years anniversary will be celebrated with a grandios concert project hosted by Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra: Staging of Mahler’s 8th Symphony with musicians, choir singers and soloists from all over the world. Transposition contributes with musicians from The Norwegian Army Bands, violinist Stig Nilsson and three soloists: Anna Einarsson (soprano), Otto Katzamaier (bass) and Zoltán Nyári (tenor).

Truls Sanaker, Norwegian Army Bands reports from the rehearsals in Hanoi: “It is a great pleasure and honor to be a part of the celebration of Hanoi 1000 year. To rehearse and play Mahler symphony nr. 8 together with many hundreds of musicians and singers from many countries is just a great kick I wish all musicians could experience. Thinking about the close history of Vietnam it is a very emotional happening that musicians from all over the world can get togethet and make great moments. This brings hope for the future.”

Paul and one of his students at HCMC Conservatory

OCTOBER: “English for musicians”

Paul Arlidge has developed an english language course for instrumental teachers and musicians in Vietnam. This is the fourth time he runs the course at the Conservatory in HCMC.

Conductor Pierre-André Valade. Photo: Guy Vivien

Conductor Pierre-André Valade. Photo: Guy Vivien

SEPTEMBER: NAPO to HCMC Conservatory

The renowned Norwegian ensemble Bodø Sinfonietta is part of NAPO, one of the partners in Transposition. The ensemble will visit HCMC together with French conductor Pierre-André Valade to hold workshops and concerts at the Conservatory.

From a workshop at HCMC Conservatory, March 2010

From a workshop at HCMC Conservatory, March 2010

SEPTEMBER: Workshop with The Norwegian Military Bands

Musicians from The Norwegian Military Bands hold workshops with percussionists, brass and wind players at HCMC Conservatory. The workshops will lead to a house concert at the conservatory.

HBSO in Saigon Opera House

HBSO in Saigon Opera House

SEPTEMBER: Carmina Burana in HCMC

HBSO will perform Carl Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana in Saigon Opera House the 19th of September. Three musicians from The Norwegian Military Bands will hold master classes and participate in the concert. Transposition has also invited Daniel Sæther (tenor) and Thorbjørn Guldbrandsøy (baritone) to sing two of the solo parts in Orff’s scenic cantata for choir, soloists and orchestra.