During the programme, the Hanoi New Music Ensemble and the music group Dong Kinh Co Nhac will perform pieces by contemporary Vietnamese-French classical music composer Nguyen Thien Dao. The composer worked in the field of contemporary classical music and researched traditional Vietnamese music. The composer was also a member of the presidium of the Vietnamese People Association in France for numerous tenures. He has actively participated in patriotic Vietnamese community movements over the past 50 years, and helped introduce the Vietnamese spirit to France through music. He was honoured with the Resistance War Order, third-class, of the Vietnamese State in recognition of his contributions to the struggle for national liberation. The Dong Kinh Co Nhac Group Hanoi New Music Ensemble was the first professional contemporary music ensemble in Vietnam, founded in 2015. Its mission is to present new Vietnamese music throughout the country and to represent Vietnam to international audiences. Its members are amongst the nation’s best professional musicians and teachers, serving as professors at the Vietnam National Academy of Music and performing with the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, the artists of the Dong Kinh Co Nhac Group studied and restored ancient singing and ancient playing styles.