(b. 8 August 1970, Hanoi).
Vietnamese composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and elsewhere.
Mr. Vũ studied piano with Nhât Anh at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi, where he earned a certificate in 1987 and degrees in secondary education in composition and musicology in 1991. He then studied composition and musicology there with Trân Trong Hung from 1991–95 and graduated with his BMus. He later studied computer music with Clarence Albertson Barlow and new music with Johannes Fritsch at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne in 2000–01, on a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. In addition, he studied composition with Chinary Ung at the University of California, San Diego in 2002.
Among his honours are Premier Prix in the competition Saint-German-en-Laye (1995, for Ký Uc – Memory), four prizes from the Vietnam Composers Association in Hanoi (1998, for Ngũ Đôi Đăng Dân – Interplay of Five Instruments; 2001, for Phác Thao 2000 – Outline 2000; 2002, for Nhip Đon Nhip Kep – Simple Metre, Compound Metre; 2003, for Áo Đon Áo Kep – Four-Part Vietnamese Dress) and a grant from the Asian Cultural Council (2002, which enabled him to research contemporary music and ethnomusicology in the USA). His music has been performed in Australia, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Mongolia, Switzerland, the USA, and Vietnam.
He is also active in other positions. He created the multimedia/performance projects Đêm Đai – Sleepless Night (2001), on a grant from the Arts Network Asia in Singapore; Chào HoiAn (2002), on a grant from the British Council in Hanoi; KhaT (2003); Space of Traditional and Contemporary Music in China (2003); on a grant from the Arts Network Asia; and Pito (2004), on a grant from the Ford Foundation. He has performed on numerous occasions as a pianist and sáo (bamboo flute from Vietnam)-player in contemporary music and improvisations in Australia, China and Vietnam.
He has lectured on composition and musicology at the Vietnam National Academy of Music since 1995. He has lectured on music from Vietnam in Australia and Vietnam.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Hát Tho – Singing Poem, 1995
Phác Thao 2000, 1999–2000
Không Gian – Space, 2000–01
Đi Vào Đi Ra – Going in...Going out, small orchestra, 2003
Gao – Rice, large orchestra, 2005
Ký Uc, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1993–94, revised 1995–96
Phác Thao – Esquisse, 2 flutes, alto flute, 1995
Trăng – Moon, cello, 1996
Thanh Thuy – Spring River, đàn tranh (16-string zither from Vietnam), 1998
Đông Ai – Winter Melancholy, đàn tranh, 1998 (also version for piano)
Ngũ Đôi Đăng Dân, sáo, đàn nhi (2-string bowed lute from Vietnam), đàn nguyêt (2-string moon-shaped lute from Vietnam), đàn tranh, percussion, 1998
Áo Đon Áo Kep, flute, bassoon, guitar, violin, cello, double bass, percussion, 1998–99
My Xuân – The Girl in Spring, đàn tranh, 1999 (version of work for piano)
Sáo Mo – Just a Daydream (improvisation), sáo, 1999–2000
Cologne 2000, string quartet, 2000–01
four minutes, sáo, piano, 2001
My Improvisation, sáo, violin, organ (+ synthesizer), live electronics, 2001
Graphic Notation, any number of players, 2001
Moment, any number of players, 2001
Công (improvisation), 12 percussion (c. 6 gongs, c. 6 tam-tams), 2001
Nhip Đon Nhip Kep, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, 2001–02
Hoa Mua – Rain Flower, flute, guitar, 2002
Meditation and...ABC, violin, cello, 2002
Tre, 4 percussion, 2002–03
Nhi, violin, 2003
Com, sáo, sáo tiêu (bamboo flute from Vietnam, played vertically), đàn nhi, đàn nguyêt, đàn tranh, 2004, revised 2006
Xóm, any number of players, laptop, 2004
Vac – The Bittern, đàn tính (fretless gourd lute from Vietnam), laptop, 2004 (also version for laptop)
giot – drop, đàn tranh, 2005
Đoan Trăng – A Blank, 1989–96
My Xuân (improvisation), 1997 (also version for đàn tranh)
Dong Ai, 1998 (version of work for đàn tranh)
Vòng Cô – Thinking of the Past, 1998
Tránh Khác Đã – Stone Prints, 1998
Hallo, piano, metronome, 2000
bung – to flip, computer, 2005
Chòm, laptop, 2005
Vac, laptop, 2005 (version of chamber work)
Tháp Diên Điêm Vuong – The Ten Courts of the Kings of Hell (exhibition/installation/performance), 3 gongs (1 player), 4 CDs, statues (by Nguyên Manh Đúc), film (by Trân Luõng), 2003
body frame/video frame (installation), 5 dancers, đàn nguyêt, computer, film (by Rich Streitmatter-Tran), 2004
thang – bamboo ladders (installation), laptop, paintings (by Trân Hâu Yên Thê), 2005