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The Saigon International Guitar Festival is the biggest annual guitar festival in Vietnam since 2014.
This event was established by the Music Conservatory of Ho Chi Minh City with the aim of creating an annual tradition and contributing to the development of classical guitar art in Vietnam, in a context of musical and artistic integration between guitarists from all over the world. In this edition have also participated the Italian musicians Carlos Aonzo, Salvatore Foderà and Lorenzo Bernardi. The latter performed in a duo with the Vietnamese artist Thu Le, winner of various international prizes, in a performance that honored the Italian classical music in an evening sponsored by the General Consulate of Italy in HCMC.
The music festival was hold from 31st of October to the 4th of November, with a program that included, in addition to concerts, various appointments of masterclasses, workshops and competitions held by musicians.
Lorenzo Bernardi also gave a concert-lesson on the fifth of November at the Italian linguistic department of HCMC in collaboration with the musician Thu Le, organized by the Consulate General of Italy and by the USSH University. The university students have been guided through a path that discovered the mainstays of the Italian classical musical literature adapted for guitar duo. The lesson obtained a great public success, with a huge participation of students.