About SSO

Established in 2017, the Sun Symphony Orchestra was founded by Mr. Khanh Tran, Ms. Bich Tran Le and Ms. Quynh Anh Nguyen, and functions under the umbrella of the Sun Group, based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Its mission is to serve as a cultural jewel of Vietnam and to represent Vietnam on the international artistic map. Among the orchestra’s civic goals are to give outreach concerts to various areas of Vietnam, to maintain an active Classics Season featuring the standard greats from the orchestral repertoire, and to bridge the gap between Vietnamese/foreign listeners from all backgrounds and the power of music

Message from CEO of

Sun Group

Greetings and a warm welcome to you from the official online home of the Sun Symphony Orchestra!

Since as far back as 2007, the Sun Group has maintained a mission of providing only the highest quality of land development in support of high end travel and entertainment destinations.

In so doing we have significantly expanded the local tourism market and created many opportunities for the Vietnamese people.

As part of our company ethos to make Vietnam one of the most attractive tourism destinations worldwide and to create a prestigious and internationally recognized brand which boosts Vietnamese creativity and improves the lives of our people, We are excited to announce that we have embarked upon a brand new journey!

Herewith then is born the Sun Symphony Orchestra. Consisting of professional musicians directly under the support of the Sun Group to bring world class classical music through stellar performances to the broad Vietnamese community.

Our mission is to turn the Sun Symphony into an Orchestra of International standard which will stand proudly alongside the world’s best.

You are hereby invited to join us on this exciting journey whereby we aim to elevate the artistic cultural profile of Vietnam through the sheer enjoyment of music.

Welcome to our Sun Symphony Orchestra extended family & we hope to see you at a concert real soon!

Let the music begin!
Sincerely,

Minh Truong Dang

Message from CEO of Sun Group

Greetings and a warm welcome to you from the official online home of the Sun Symphony Orchestra!

Since as far back as 2007, the Sun Group has maintained a mission of providing only the highest quality of land development in support of high end travel and entertainment destinations.

In so doing we have significantly expanded the local tourism market and created many opportunities for the Vietnamese people.

As part of our company ethos to make Vietnam one of the most attractive tourism destinations worldwide and to create a prestigious and internationally recognized brand which boosts Vietnamese creativity and improves the lives of our people, We are excited to announce that we have embarked upon a brand new journey!

Herewith then is born the Sun Symphony Orchestra. Consisting of professional musicians directly under the support of the Sun Group to bring world class classical music through stellar performances to the broad Vietnamese community.

Our mission is to turn the Sun Symphony into an Orchestra of International standard which will stand proudly alongside the world’s best.

You are hereby invited to join us on this exciting journey whereby we aim to elevate the artistic cultural profile of Vietnam through the sheer enjoyment of music.

Welcome to our Sun Symphony Orchestra extended family & we hope to see you at a concert real soon!

Let the music begin!
Sincerely,

Minh Truong Dang

Mr. Tran Khanh

President

Born at the time the country was still at war, Mr. Tran Khanh set great determination during his teenage years to realize his own dreams in life. After graduation from the University of Mining and Geology in 1994, he started his career in business and management with many upper tier positions in companies and corporations.

Khanh has made significant contributions to the success of many big businesses in Vietnam with his talent and hard work. And bonding with his business associates for more than two decades, he has helped to translate the idea of the Sun Symphony Orchestra to life.

With his dream of developing a premium classical music setting in Vietnam, Mr. Tran Khanh has been dedicating to create a great symphony orchestra. He envisions the best quality concerts that the SSO will bring to local and international audiences in the coming years.

Ms. Le Thi Bich Tran

Vice President

Setting culture as the fundamental of life, Ms. Le Thi Bich Tran has nourished her soul by music, painting, and art, which in turn inspired her to reap firm success in garments, fashion, and health care over the last 30 years. Then it comes to a day when she has returned home after years of living in Europe, and with ups and downs in life, she is ambitious to bring music to more people a source of inspiration and to contribute the essence of classical art to the society with endless colorful melodies...

“One ought to take a moment in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, to hear the natural sounds of our soul”.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Quynh Anh

Chief Executive Officer

In business, lawyer Quynh Anh is a decisive and ambitious person, who has always followed through her ideas, which in turn has helped her create a unique brand and win respect. In her personal life, she is a happy, thoughtful, and romantic woman. Melodies written by world-renowned composers, i.e Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovski… have filled her heart and soul since her childhood, and refined her emotions and personality. Epic pieces of classical music have also availed her to moments of sublimation with creativity. And in such a key moment came out her idea of creating a symphony orchestra of Vietnam.

“Classical music is running in my blood, giving me insightful moments of being absorbed in the space of sublimation…”

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Mr. Olivier Ochanine

MUSIC DIRECTOR / PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR

Olivier Ochanine is 1st Prize winner of the 2015 Antal Doráti International Conducting Competition, and has conducted numerous orchestras across the world, as well as having been the immediate past Music Director of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra.

He had his Carnegie Hall debut last June, 2016 and was named one of the Philippine's Tatler's 'Generation T' of top 100 of the Philippines' brightest connectors, creative visionaries, influential innovators and disruptive talents.

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Mr. Vu Anh Tuan

Executive Director

Anh Tuan was born to a family filled with music. His father is a famous professional cellist and scholar, Professor/Dr. Vu Huong. At the age of four, Anh Tuan began to resonate the first notes on the piano and embarked on pursuing classical cellist as profession in the following 17 years at Hanoi’s Conservatory of Music. After graduation, Anh Tuan decided to move to press and television, and then became one of the leading international music producers in Viet Nam. Having organized many big music events with the participation of international and local artists, Anh Tuan has always kept in mind and given the top priority to quality to secure the ultimate joy of music and emotions for the audience.

“It’s my honor to lay the first milestones for the Sun Symphony Orchestra - a dream of not only myself but also generations of Vietnamese classical musicians that has come true ".

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Hội đồng cố vấn

  • Andrew Simon Principal Clarinet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
  • GS – TS – NSND Violon Ngô Văn Thành Nguyên Giám đốc Học Viện âm nhạc Quốc gia Việt Nam
  • GS, TS, NSND Trần Thu Hà Nguyên Giám đốc Học Viện âm nhạc Quốc gia Việt Nam
  • Jeffery Meyer Director of Orchestras, Arizona State University
  • Joseph Alessi Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Lars Bjornkjaer Principal Concertmaster of the Royal Danish Symphony Orchestra
  • Nathan Cole Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Nhạc sỹ Trần Mạnh Hùng Nhạc sỹ
  • NSND Ngô Hoàng Quân Nguyên phó Giám đốc Dàn nhạc Giao hưởng Việt Nam, Nguyên Phó Cục trưởng Cục Nghệ thuật biểu diễn
  • Paula Robinson World renowned flutist / Founding Member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • PGS – TS – NGND Vũ Hướng Nguyên phó Giám đốc Học Viện âm nhạc Quốc gia Việt Nam
  • PGS – TS – NS Đỗ Hồng Quân Chủ tịch hội nhạc sỹ Việt Nam
  • PGS – TS La Thương Phó Giám đốc Học Viện âm nhạc Quốc gia Việt Nam

Message from Music Director

Dear friends,

The legendary Danish author Hans Christian Andersen once said that, ‘where words fail, music speaks’.

Rarely has a five-word carried so much weight as this.  Andersen manages to capture in this tiny sentence a succinct summary of exactly why music has proven to be so much more powerful than any other language.

Think about it – imagine going to a foreign land for the first time and listening to locals speak their language, but not understanding a single word. One would feel completely lost, right? Now imagine yourself closing your eyes, and letting your ears take you on an adventure as you listen to the 5th Symphony of Beethoven.  It would be fair to say that this music, and indeed any good music, would manage to evoke something within us – a thought, an emotion, a physical impulse even.

Now imagine a world-class collection of instrumental musicians coming together for the first time, right here in Hanoi, as we embark on a new chapter for Vietnamese culture.  It’s not just a dream but a dream come true for so many musicians and for countless Vietnamese who work so hard every day to elevate the Vietnamese spirit and to promote the talent that is so rife here in Vietnam.

We present to you the Sun Symphony Orchestra, under the umbrella of the prestigious Sun Group of Vietnam.  I am honored to join the Sun Group on this historic venture, and I enjoin you to participate on this journey.  Tell your friends about it.  Volunteer your time and passion to help the Sun Symphony Orchestra.   Come support concerts of the orchestra.

We’re thrilled to meet every one of you in the weeks and months to come, and to welcome you into this wonderful new chapter for Hanoi and for Vietnam.

Sincerely,


Olivier Ochanine

About Sun Group

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JW MARRIOTT PHU QUOC EMERALD BAY

Located at Khem Beach, South of Phu Quoc Island, 15 minutes drive from Phu Quoc International Airport, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is a 5 star ++ luxury resort owned by Sun Group and managed by Marriott International.

Taking inspiration from the a fiction story of Lamarck University at Kem Beach, in the early 20th century, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay is devided into 18 divisions of the university, with 244 rooms, suite and villas. The resort also brings guests different tastes of cuisines, in four restaurants of Tempus Fugit, Pink Pearl, Red Rum, French & Co, and a Destination bar.

Ppened in 2016 December, after only 6 month of operation, JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay was named Asia’s Best New Resort 2017 by World Travel Awards.

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SUN WORLD FANSIPAN LEGEND

Opened in January, 2016, Sun World Fansipan Legend with Fansipan Sa Pa cable system invested by Sun Group has become a must-visited destination in the Northwestern of Vietnam.

Fansipan Sa Pa cable system shortened the time to the Roof top of Indochina from 2 days of hiking to 15 minutes by cable car. Fansipan Sapa received two certificates of its records from representative of Guinness World Record. One is the longest cable car with the length of 1,1410 meters. The other is the highest with the height of 6,292.5 meters.

Thanks to this world’s most modern three-rope cable car system, the dream of reaching Indochina’s rooftop, which used to be hard to do, becomes easier for everyone.

Recently, Sun World Fansipan Legend has put into operation a funicular, to helps visitors to the site to reach the height of 3143m without climbing 600 steps of stone stair.

Sun World Fansipan Legend not only helps develop Lao Cai and Fansipan to become a tourist attraction for everyone, but also creates employment for the local people, which will contribute largely to the social-economic development of the province in particular and the Northwestern region as a whole.

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INTERCONTINENTAL DANANG SUN PENINSULA RESORT

Nestled in the heart of Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve, overlooking a private bay, and only 30 minutes drive from Danang International Airport, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a luxury five-star beach resort owned by Sun Group and managed by InterContinental Hotel Group.

The resort features 200 luxury rooms and villas, over four levels—Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea. There, guests can discover culinary artistry at La Maison 1888 – Top 10 in the World's Best New Restaurants 2016 by CNN and soothe body and soul with spa packages at HARNN Heritage Spa - recently crowned by World Luxury Spa Awards 2017 as "Global Spa of the Year" & "Best Luxury Spa Retreat".

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula became the only resort in the world named “World Leading Luxury Resort” three years in consecutive (2014, 2015, 2016). It is also the only resort in Vietnam that have crowned nearly 40 international awards, during 5 years of operation.

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Audition Announcement

The newly established Sun Symphony Orchestra announces auditions ahead of its inaugural concert season.

All auditions will be held during the week of October 19 to 22, 2017 (exact dates and time slots for each instrument category to be specified by email to applicants accepted into the auditions).

The Sun Group announces the plan to build a new, state-of-the-art opera house, which will be situated at West Lake. The opera house, which has world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano as the project architect, will open within 2 to 3 years, and the Sun Symphony Orchestra will be the main house orchestra of the beautiful hall.

The Sun Group commits to a long term sponsorship plan for the orchestra, and has already committed to a minimum 10-year period of sponsorship. This period of partnership and support is a message to Hanoi that the Sun Symphony Orchestra will be a source of pride for Hanoi and Vietnam for many years to come.

Foreign musicians are welcome and encouraged to apply! Please submit your application and we will send musicians, who pass the first stage, instructions on how to submit the required application video.

SSO shall support accommodation for selected foreign musicians.

ONLY HIGHLY QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.  AUDITION EXCERPTS WILL BE SENT BY EMAIL TO APPLICANTS ACCEPTED INTO THE AUDITION PROCESS.

The audition committee is comprised of internationally recognized musicians who currently serve orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Spain and Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the committee reserves the right to disqualify any candidate who does not meet professional standards during auditions and during the entire audition process.

The SSO season consists of the Classics Season from September to April, with other concerts during and off Season, with annual leave (details of which will be posted soon). The beginning salary for the lowest tier will be $1,200 NET per month, with higher salary structures for principal and concertmaster positions. Successful foreign applicants will also be offered agreements on par with their qualifications.

All applications will be kept strictly confidential within the SSO; no external persons or groups will be made aware of your application as we value the privacy of each applicant.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE (12:01AM OCTOBER 10) HAS PASSED

The Jury

Vadim Simongauz

Section Leader Timpani, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

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Javier Bonet

French Horn
National Orchestra of Spain

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Mr. Olivier Ochanine

Music Director-Designate
Sun Symphony Orchestra
Jury Chairman

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Rachel Walker

Principal Oboe
Singapore Symphony Orchestra

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Stepan Yakovich

Violinist
Glinka String Quartet

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