Bui Cong Duy

Acclaimed for his elegant, yet passionate and powerful performances, beautiful tone, and extraordinary technical execution, violinist Bui Cong Duy, winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 3rdInternational Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (1997), is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and pedagogue. Mr. Duy has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide including Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Samara Philharmonic, Ijhevsk Philharmonic, Saint-Petersburg Kapella Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, TrondheimSolisten, London Festival Orchestra, Brno Symphony Orchestra, Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra, Ho Chi Minh Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Macedonia, Poland, England, Croatia, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Japan, and Vietnam. He has been a featured soloist in many prestigious concert series and events such as “Concert in Berlin Philharmornie” with Berliner Symphoniker (Germany, 2014), “New Year Concert Tour” with the TrondheimSolisten (Norway, 2014), “Concert Tour” at La FeniceVenezia, Teatro del Maggio Florence, and Italian President Palace Roma (Italy, 2013), “Mobifone Series Concert” with Berliner Symphoniker (Vietnam, 2012), “Concert Tour” in Denmark (Denmark, 2012), Asian Orchestra Week (Tokyo and Osaka, 2012), Beethoven Festival Bonn – a live broadcast event (Berlin, 2009), “Toyota Classic” events (Asia, 2000, 2004, 2007), Gala Concert in Bolshoi Zal (Moscow, 2003), Festival in Samara (Russia, 2002), Sony’s “Blue Sky” (Hanoi, 1999), Festival “Autumn Melody” (Ho Chi Minh 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013), and Gala Concert (St. Petersburg, 1997).

Other competition successes include First Prize at the Zakhar Bron International Violin Competition in Novosibirsk, Russia (1995), First Prize at the Demidov International Violin Competition in Ekaterinburg, Russia (1993), and First Prize at the Vietnamese National Music Competition “Autumn” in Hanoi (1990). Mr. Duy has served as a jury member at the 8th Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow in 2014, the Demidov International Violin Competition in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2009, and the Vietnamese National Music Competition “Autumn” in 2007.

In 1997 Mr. Duy was selected as one of the ten most typical faces of Vietnam. He was the recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture and Information, Certificate of Merit from the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Certificate of  Merit from the Prime ministers of  VietnamVo Van Kiet, Phan Van Khai, and Nguyen Tan Dung, and a Youth Creative Medal from the Vietnamese government. In 2012 Mr. Duy was voted one of “The 50 Pioneers” by the prestigious news agency VNExpress.

Bui Cong Duy started playing the violin at the age of four under the guidance of his father, Dr. Bui Cong Thanh. At the age of seven, he entered the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, and won his first competition, Vietnam National Violin Competition “Young Talent”, at the age of 9. He left for Russia at age 10, attending the Glinka Conservatory of Music in Novosibirsk under professors Marina Kuzina and Alexei Gvozdev. Mr. Duy earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with highest honors from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Russia under the tutelage of Russian People’s Artist, professor Irina Bochkova, under whom heserved as a teaching assistant. In 2006 Mr. Duy was invited to join “Moscow Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Russian People’s Artist Vladimir Spivakov.

At present, Dr. Bui Cong Duy is Chair of the String Department at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. His students have been prizewinners at many national and international competitions. Fluently in Vietnamese, Russian, and English, Dr. Duy is also a respected concert promoter and producer, having successfully organized many high profile concerts and tours for famous Vietnamese and world artists. He is currently residing in Hanoi with his wife, pianist Nguyen Trinh Huong. In 2016, Bui Cong Duy was given the title “Meritorious Artist”