In the two years that Oradell resident Buono has supervised the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, he’s received entry forms from students all over the globe: Macedonia, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, every corner of the United States.
But Vietnam? That floored him.
“It was very exciting to receive it,” Buono says. “We were just thrilled.”
The three students from the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory, who will participate in finals on Wednesday and Thursday in New York, are believed to be the first Vietnamese piano students to ever participate in an American competition