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Meet artistic advisor: Music Director, VNSO Principal Conductor - Honna Tetsuji

The Vietnam Youth Orchestra is fortunate to have conductor Honna Tetsuji as the companion and guidance this time, on the journey to bring chamber symphony music closer to the Vietnamese public. Let's look forward to the great things that our artistic advisor brings to VYO!



Conductor Honna Tetsuji

  • Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vietnam National Orchestra (VNSO) since 2009.

  • Studied under Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra (1989-1991) and London Sinfonietta (1995-1996) as hospitant by Japanese Cultural Affair’s program.


Honna was appointed permanent conductor of the Osaka Symphony Orchestra (1995-2001) and Permanent Guest Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (1998-2001).


Awards includes 2nd prize of Tokyo International Music Competition for conducting (1985), 2nd prize of Toscanini International Conducting Competition Parma Italy (1990), 1st prize and the Bartok prize of Budapest International Conducting Competition (1992), Muramatsu Prize (1994), Nippon Steel Music Award - Fresh Artist (1995), Osaka Stage Arts Encouragement Award after All Symphonies of Franz Schubert (1997), Ambassador prize of Embassy of Japan in Vietnam (2009), Foreign Minister Prize of Japan (2011), Medal by Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism (2012), Vietnam Union of Friendship Organization Award (2018), Watanabe Akeo Music Foundation Special Award (2019).


Conducted numerous orchestras including: Scala Philharmonic in Milano, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Orchestra Sinfonica Dell'Emilia Romagna ""Arturo Toscanini"", Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Hungarian State Philharmonic, Hungarian Radio Sym.Orch., Budapest Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Brno State Philharmonic Orch.,Prague Radio Sym.Orch, Slovenian Philharmonic, Romanian Radio Orch., Malaysia Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Schenzen Sym.Orch., The Philippines Philharmonic, Macedonian Philharmonic Orch. and almost all Japanese Orchestras.


Invited to by many international festivals including The Carinthischer Sommer in Austria, The Salzburg Spring Festival, The Bartók Festival in Hungary, Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo(Tokyu Bunkamura), Seoul in Autumn, The Asian Music Festival Tokyo, The Oulunsalo Music Festival in Finland, The Suntory Summer Festival, The Ditto Festival in Seoul, The Karuizawa International Music Festival ""La Folle Journee au Japon"”, Festival Les Nuits Pianistiques Aix en Provence, France and The ""Milano Musica"" contemporary music festival at the Teatro alla Scala and so on.


And in many stages, he was with world-leading soloists including Martha Argerich, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Cyprien Katsaris, Peter Resel, Dang Thai Son, Philippe Entremont, Cecil Licad, Reiner Honek, Christian Tetzlaff, Igor Oistrach, and so on.

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