Australian Embassy

Media Release - 12/9/2013

Australian guitarists performing for one night only in Hanoi


Renowned Australia guitarists Janet and Raffaele Agostino – Duo Agostino - will perform at a special one-off concert at the Voice of Vietnam theatre in Hanoi on 26 September. The concert, organised by the Australian Embassy, will showcase pieces from their Under the Southern Skies album and as well as a Vietnamese piece called Di Cay.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Hugh Borrowman, said, “We have chosen Duo Agostino to perform for the Vietnamese audience because not only do they play the guitar beautifully, but they have also been successful in the development of the guitar as an ensemble instrument. This makes them very special.”

Duo Agostino are taking time out from a private visit to Vietnam to put on this special performance. They will also spend time on 27 September working with students at the National University of Art Education (NUEA). Janet commented, “Vietnamese appreciation of fine music is well known, so we are really looking forward to performing for a Vietnamese audience and working with Vietnamese students”.

Ms Dinh Thi Phuong Hoa, Director of the International Relations Department of NUEA said, “We are happy that the Embassy has offered our students the opportunity to meet and learn from international artists. We hope this kind of cooperation will continue in the future”.

Tickets to Duo Agostino concert are available from VOV office (58 Quan Su, Hanoi) and the Australian Embassy (8 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi) from 16 September 2013 on a first come first served basis.

More information about Duo Agostino is attached to this media release.

This concert is among a series of activities that the Australian Embassy has organised to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Vietnam. Throughout 2013, the Australian Government his presenting an extensive program of cultural and educational events showcasing Australia as a creative and innovative partner and an inclusive multicultural society.

Already this year, Vietnamese audiences have enjoyed performances by Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s leading Indigenous dance theatre group and Australian jazz trio Elixir, been inspired by the travelling science exhibition from Australia’s National Science & Technology Centre - Questacon - and watched young Vietnamese chefs in the, Aust-Viet Junior Chef Challenge .

For more information, please contact Ms Viet Anh, Public Affairs Manager, Australian Embassy (Tel: 04-3774 0232; Mob: 0903 423 440; email: [email protected])