The Founders of Tieng Hat Que Huong
PHẠM THÚY HOAN
Pham Thuy Hoan was born on Jun. 26, 1942 in Nam Dinh, Vietnam.
After studying the Dan Tranh at the Saigon National School of Drama
and Music, she achieved the Gold Medal from Saigon National School
of Drama and Music in 1960 and graduated as the best of her class
In 1966 she became the leader of the Hoa Sim National Music and
Folk Song Group, including Prof. Phuong Oanh in France, Quynh Hanh,
Huyen Tran and Ngoc Dung, and also worked as guest professor at
the Hue National School of Music.
After her graduation she became professor at the Saigon National
School of Drama and Music (the school was renamed to HCMC Conservatory
in 1975) until she retired in 1997.
Despite retirement, Pham Thuy Hoan is still committed to the traditional
music of Vietnam and works as director of Tieng Hat Que Huong which
she founded in 1981. Here she gathers all generations from young
to old and teach them playing dan tranh. Thanks to her committment
she made her students to young talents carrying on the traditional
Pham Thuy Hoan is an excellent teacher. To help promoting the dan
tranh she has written many famous studybooks which are also easy
to self study. In 1993 she was awarded the Diploma of Merit from
the Ministry of Culture and Information for excellent performance
in training Young Talents winning high prizes in international and
national professional contests. In 1994 she received the title of
"Eminent Teacher" from the Ministry of Education and the
medal "Excellent Contribution to education activity" in
Now her students are spread all over the world and help bring the
vietnamese traditional music to vietnamese communities as well as
performing traditional music abroad.
NGUYỄN HẢI PHƯỢNG
one of her mother's best students, Nguyen Hai Phuong began to become
acquainted with the Dan Tranh at the age of five and was admitted
to the Conservatory of Ho Chi Minh City two years later. After nine
years of study she finished the higher dan tranh education and graduated
from the Conservatory five years later as the best of her class.
She won the silver medal at Ho Chi Minh City's Festival of Singers,
Dancers and Professional Musicians 1989 and three years later in
1992 the first prize at the "National Competition of Dan Tranh
Young Talents" for her interpretation of new compositions.
Beside her mother and her sister Hai Yen, Hai Phuong is co-founder
of Tieng Hat Que Huong.
Hai Phuong has performed in many concerts and international music
festivals and exchanges in Japan, China, Thailand, Belgium, France,
Hong Kong, etc... Besides, her CD "Le dan tranh - Musiques
d'hier et d'aujourd'hui" with Prof. Tran Van Khe, recorded
in 1993 in Paris, was awarded a special prize, judged by prestige
musician group of the world.
Now she follows the steps of her mother Pham Thuy Hoan and teaches
the Dan Tranh at the Conservatory of HCMC.
NGUYỄN HẢI YẾN
Nguyen Hai Yen entered the Conservatory in
HCMC in 1979 studied for 6 straight years the dan tranh. She
then turned her major into World's Percursions and graduated
in 1989 as an outstanding student.
At the competition for Dan Tam Thap Luc 1981/1982 Hai Yen
won the first prize.
Right after her graduation she started her career as a professional
musician and has performed in many countries such as South
Korea, China, Hongkong, Macao, Thailand, Singapore, Japan,
France, Germany, Belgium...
Together with her mother Pham Thuy Hoan and her sister Hai
Phuong she founded Tieng Hat Que Huong.