Dang Thanh Trung

Field(s) of study: Violin

Born: Vietnam

Degrees: Bachelor of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music

Biography: South Vietnam born, Mr Dang Thanh Trung began his violin studies at the age of five and was granted annual scholarships at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Professor Nguyen Hoang Cuong and Ha Dinh Tuong Vi. Graduating with the highest award for excellence in violin performance offered him the perfect opportunity to participate in Ho Chi Minh City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has been frequently invited to perform and record with the orchestra for the national broadcaster.

In 2000, he formed his own string quartet and had performed for literally hundreds of performances throughout the country and recorded radio recitals for most of the major radio stations in Vietnam. He has received master classes with acclaimed artists such as French violinist Maryvonne le Dizes and T’ang Quartet.

In 2003, he was granted a full scholarship to further his violin studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – National University of Singapore. There, he studied under Professor Alexander Souptel and received the Bachelor Degree with honours. In 2007, he was granted a full scholarship to take part in the Asian Youth Orchestra with which, a number of concert tours have been given in Hong Kong, China and Japan under well-known conductors such as Okko Kamu, Richard Pontzious, Federico Cortese. Within the same year he was accepted under a full scholarship, into the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in The State of Tasmania, a two-week intensive program regarded nationally for its innovative structure and professional delivery.

Since 2008, being an active chamber musician and orchestra player, he is a member of The Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra which has performed and collaborated with well-known conductors such as Arnie Roth, Justin Freer, Joshua Kangming Tan, to name a few. In 2017, he joined the Beautiful Mind Charity, a philanthropic organization that serves the community by caring for the underprivileged, especially nurturing musical talents in children with disabilities.

In 2016, Mr Trung spearheaded the chamber group in Mandeville Conservatory of Music, gathering high caliber student performers under his tutelage. They have since participated and performed in various concerts and recitals both in house and also in performance venues such as the Esplanade.

Faculty: Faculty since January 2010