Two “morning stars” in the land of lychee

Update: 10:52 | 21/04/2019

(BGO)- The final night of Sao Mai (Morning Star) contest 2019 finished on 14 April. As forecasts of many people, the young girl born in 1993 from Luc Ngan district in the northern province of Bac Giang, Luong Hai Yen won the contest in chamber music category. 

It is special that Yen’s elder sister Luong Nguyet Anh also won the first prize in the genre of folk music at the Sao Mai contest 2011. It’s her family great pride when both Anh and Yen shined at a professional and prestigious music stage.

 

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Luong Hai Yen (L) and her sister Luong Nguyet Anh.

One family of two “Morning Stars”

Hai Yen expressed her pride to be born in a family of art tradition. Her grandparents, parents and uncles are art-lovers who can write poetry and literature being key factors in the local art movements. Nguyet Anh and Hai Yen have lived in the air of art since they were small children with the melodies from their grandparents and parents. Like her sister Nguyet Anh, Yen could sing many songs when she was just 4 or 5 years old.

In a house on Le Hong Phong Street, Chu town hung with a number of certificates of merits, prizes and medals of his two daughters, Luong Dinh Thang, father of the two “Morning Stars” told, “My 2 daughters are different from each other. Nguyet Anh has strong personality. She shows passions for both arts and sport (table tennis). Her sweet voice suits folk music while Hai Yen has gentle appearance but strong voice suitable for chamber music. Seeing our daughters’ passion for art and their aspirations to pursue this career, we encouraged and supported them to practice and develop their talents”.

When she was a child, Hai Yen won many prizes at the district, provincial and national art contests.

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Luong Nguyen Anh (L) and Luong Hai Yen.

Musician Ba Dat, a member of Vietnam Musicians Association, who is also living in Chu town, closed to Nguyet Anh- Hai Yen’s family, used to gave them advice when they took part in the music contests at their schools. He talked about them with fine words “there is only one morning star in the sky but there are two shining stars in one family in Luc Ngan”.

The path to success

Over the 8 years, Hai Yen has learned from her sister to ceaselessly study and practice. It’s a good luck for her to be taught by singer Lan Anh. As her teachers at Vietnam Academy of Music realized Hai Yen’s special talent at chamber music, they orientated her to follow this genre of music.

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Two “morning stars” and their relatives and friends.

With the expectation to challenge her stage bravery at many contests, Hai Yen took part in the National Opera Contest 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City. She overcame the knockout but she had to stop before the final round due to her health problem.

With a good voice, appropriate songs and her stage bravery, Hai Yen made significant breakthroughs at each round of the competition. The young singer owns a strong voice and good musical technique. At the second final night themed Vietnamese songs, Luong Hai Yen chose the song “Song Dakrong mua xuan ve” (Spring coming in Dak rong River) by musician To Hai.

She decided to renew the song and had a successful performance. Her performances at the final night with the song “Em nho chang” (I miss you) and duet singing with singer Nam Khanh the song “Dieu valse dem nay” (The tonight’s valse) drew big applause of the audiences and won the difficult juries to become the champion.

Reaching the pinnacles

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The leader of Luc Ngan district gives certificate of merit to Hai Yen.

In response to the love from her relatives and friends, this young girl will try herself in different types of music and establish her own music style. After finishing her university in June, Hai Yen planed to continue studying for master degree to enhance her qualification at the same time produce some music products.

Apart from her strength in chamber music, Luong Hai Yen often sings the songs about the Party, Uncle Ho and the home land of Bac Giang especially Luc Ngan district such as Bac Ho mot tinh yeu bao la (Uncle Ho, a great love), Loi Bac dan truoc luc di xa (Uncle Ho’s last words), Bong cay ko-nia (the shadow of ko nia tree), Luc Ngan que huong an tinh (Luc Ngan- the homeland of love), Khuon than toi yeu (My beloved Khuon Than).

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Luong Hai Yen joins the voluntary activity.

Besides, Luong Hai Yen has joined the voluntary program with the group “Nhung tam long tho” (the hearts of poetry) in Hanoi for 4 years. After the donation campaigns giving gifts to the children suffering from cancer and serious diseases and needy people in remote and mountainous areas across the country such as Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh and Quang Binh and weekly providing free porridge to patients at K hospital when she saw the difficulties and hurts of unfortune people with her own eyes, this young girl reminded herself to live more responsibly and share more.

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