Nguyen Thien Dao (1940-2015)
Composer Nguyen Thien Dao was born in Hanoi in 1940 and moved to France at a very young age, in 1953. In 1967 at the age of 23 he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in Olivier Messiaen's class: it was a decisive encounter and he won his composition prize after only one year (1968). Messiaen was an unwavering support for Nguyen Thien Dao, whom he considered "one of the most original composers of our time". Having composed a great deal, Nguyen Thien Dao saw himself as the heir of two civilizations, Western values and Eastern mystical inspiration.
Deeply grateful for the unfailing support that he had received during his studies and his career, he and his wife wished to set up a financial aid program for young musicians to continue their studies in France whether or not they were Asian nationals.
The CNLB Nguyen Thien Dao Scholarships
One of the CNLB's means of action is to award substantial scholarships to musicians of exceptional merit under the age of 32, rigorously selected in their respective disciplines - performance, composition and musicology - by an international jury appointed to this purpose. Mrs. Hélène Nguyen Thien wishes to perpetuate the memory of her husband by associating herself with the CNLB scholarship program.
candidates must present a study project that takes place in France with professors who allow them to benefit from French musical education. There is always a one-year delay between submitting the application and the year of the scholarship: the study project is therefore drawn up and submitted two years in advance.
access to CNLB Nguyen Thien Dao scholarships are identical to those of the CNLB.