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Saturday, March 09, 2024Double concerto performance with the Springfield Symphony OrchestraQuynh performed two concerti - the Paul Chihara Piano Concerto Fantasy and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy in one concert with the Springfield Symphony orchestra in MA, and received two standing ovations from the enthusiastic audience. Her performance was also filmed live by NHK Japanese TV worldwide for a podcast featuring the composer Paul Chihara

Sunday, January 28, 2024Featured Soloist with Seattle Symphony Orchestra in Paul Chihara's Piano Concerto-Fantasy Quynh will perform as a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sunny Xia in Paul Chihara's Piano Concerto-Fantasy on January 28th 2024 at Benaroya Hall, in a concert named "Celebrate Asia."

The annual Celebrate Asia shines a spotlight on Seattle’s vibrant Asian communities and its classical artists in one-of-a-kind programs. This concert is great for the whole family and features pre- and post-concert festivities at Benaroya Hall with local dancers and music ensembles alongside a beautiful concert program.

Friday, September 08, 2023NAXOS'S AMERICAN CLASSICS World wide release of PAUL CHIHARA: Quynh Nguyen plays Piano Concerto FanNAXOS'S AMERICAN CLASSICS World wide release of PAUL CHIHARA: Quynh Nguyen plays Concerto Fantasy, Ami, Reveries, and Bagatelles, the complete piano works or Paul Chihara. The CD also include performance of the Piano Concerto-Fantasy with the London Symphony Orchestra recorded at St. Lukes.

Video release of Quynh performing as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra of Paul Chihara's Piano Concerto-Fantasy, in recording session at St. Lukes, London. The video will be featured on Naxos's Youtube video channel and Naxos Video Library , which is a streaming platform for subscribing educational universities (universities, public libraries, conservatories and schools).

July 17, 2023Gold Medal at the Global Music AwardAward-winning Vietnamese American pianist Quynh Nguyen’s (pron. Quin Nwen) newest recording The Flower of France, Germaine Tailleferre, Works for Piano [MA-1306], recently recognized as the Gold Medal winner by Global Music Awards, is now available on the Music & Arts label. The album features works, curated by Nguyen, originally for solo piano, as well as transcriptions and excerpts from Tailleferre’s ballets and film scores representing some of the composer’s best and most significant works, including a number of tracks rarely played or recorded. Early reviews of the recording have praised it as “Alluring music by a wonderful composer performed by a wonderful artist” and “Sensitive, poetic, communicative playing throughout.”
Friday, July 14, 2023Music and Arts CD of Tailleferre's piano solo music released worldwide on Naxos

July 11, 2023 Gold Medal Award at One Earth Award for The Flower of France, featuring Germaine Tailleferre Works The Gold Medal in the Instrumentalist Category is awarded for Quynh's newly released CD The Flower of France, featuring Germaine Tailleferre Works for Solo Piano, by Global Music Awards.
Thursday, June 01, 2023Soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Quynh will perform as piano soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in both Paul Chihara's Piano Concerto-Fantasy and Beethoven Choral Fantasy, with conductor Adam Kerry Boyles on March 9 2024.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023Fulbright Prize Ceremony in Washington DC Quynh performed at the Fulbright Prize Ceremony in Washington DC alongside soprano Renee Fleming and poet Alyssa Pierce. The ceremony honored Dr. Fauci and Dr. Corbett for their outstanding contribution to combatting the Corona Virus pandemic and were presented with the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding.

Website: https://fulbright.org/programs/prize/#details

Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/live/f7Z6q9n5rnA?feature=share

Monday, October 31, 2022Recording selected piano works for Germaine Tailleferre for Sorel ClassicsI am honored to be recording the selected piano works for Germaine Tailleferre for Sorel Classics. I love her music and looking forward to choosing my favorites for the CD coming out early next year.

Saturday, October 08, 2022 25th anniversary of US-Vietnam Relations Concert with the Vietnamese National Symphony OrchestraPerforming with the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra the world premiere of Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Chamber Orchestra by Paul Chihara to celebrate the 25th anniversary of US-Vietnam Relations. This concert was rescheduled from 2020, due to the pandemic.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022Recording Paul Chihara's new Piano Concerto-Fantasy with the London Symphony OrchestraRecording Paul Chihara's new Piano Concerto-Fantasy with the London Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, December 01, 2020Recording with the Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsI am very excited to be recording the world premiere recording of the Piano Concerto Fantasy by P. Chihara with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at Abbey Road

Monday, November 02, 2020Recording Complete Piano Works of Paul ChiharaRecording of the complete piano works of the Japanese American composer Paul Chihara, for Naxos's American Series Label.

Thursday, January 16, 2020Performing for the Vietnamese Embassy in DCI am excited to share I will be performing for the Vietnamese Embassy in DC to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

November 13, 2019New Piano Concerto written for me by the renowned Japanese American composer Paul ChiharaOn the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, the renowned Japanese American composer Paul Chihara is writing a piano concerto for me. I will be performing the premieres of this work, and recording this concerto with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields at Abbey Road Studios in November of 2020.
December 20, 2018Live Interview with Voice Americahttps://www.voiceamerica.com//promo/episode/112223
Tune in and listen to Quynh's live interview about her life and music on Voice America.

April 16, 2018International Keyboard Institute and FestivalQuynh will be performing and conducting master classes at the Internatioanal Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City from July 14 and July 28.

April 11, 2018Stars of Steinway SeriesQuynh has been invited to perform a program of solo performance and the Chopin First Concerto in E minor at the "Stars of Steinway Series" in Boise on November 11, 2018.

March 7, 2018Second Prize winner of The American Prize for both solo and concerto with orchestraQuynh Nguyen received a Second Prize in The American Prize Lorin Hollander Award for her performance of the Mozart Concerto K. 453 with the JagerMeister Orchestra, as well as the Second Prize in the Solo Piano Professional Division of The American Prize competitions in 2018.

July 5, 2016International Keyboard Institute and FestivalQuynh will be performing the G Major Mozart concerto K. 453 with the Jäger Meisters Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Eduard Zilberkant , at the Kaye Playhouse in New York City , as part of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC in July of 2016. She will also be conducting master classes at the festival from July 17 to July 31.
February 6, 2016Watch Quynh Nguyen's interviewWatch Quynh Nguyen's interview with CUNY TV, in a program titled
"Study With The Best"
on channel 75.

March 3, 2015Sun Valley Artist SeriesQuynh performed both solo and concerto concerts at the International Piano Festival at the Sun Valley Artist Series on April 22-25 of 2015 to enthusiastic audiences.
January 22, 2015New CDLive In New York CD on the Arabesque label is now available on Amazon and iTunes.
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Praised by the Boston Globe as "a musical and expressive player" who is "sensitive and poetic, and excels in everything that requires elegance, proportion, balance, taste, and wit," award-winning Vietnamese-American pianist Quynh Nguyen was selected as one of the "19 young stars of tomorrow" by Musical America. For her CD featuring the works of Schubert and Chopin, the International Piano Magazine commented: "Rarely does one hear a young artist with such a naturally flowing sense of melodic line - vivid and unforced - that permits the music to breathe uninhibited." For her debut Carnegie Recital Hall performance, the New York Concert Review commends: "She is a real artist, a wonderfully communicative performer …What a compendium of intellect, sophistication and taste!"

Quynh Nguyen has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Vietnam including Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France, in notable concert venues such as Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, McEvoy Auditorium, the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Kaye Playhouse in New York, the Berlin Konzerthause, and the Opera House in Hanoi, Vietnam. Having been a guest on Voice of America, New York’s WQXR, Boston's WGBH, among many other radio stations throughout the United States, Quynh Nguyen is known to radio and television audiences worldwide. She performed and was featured on television programs such as NHK television in Japan; "Grand Piano," shown on cable channels in several states across the US; CUNY TV channel 75 "Study With the Best;" and Vietnamese national television. Her current and upcoming compact disc recordings can be found on the Arabesque Recordings, Naxos American Classics, and Music and Arts labels.

Recently, in January of 2022, Quynh performed as soloist the Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra in a world premiere recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at St. Lukes. This recording is part of Naxos's American Classics Series upcoming release entitled Quynh Nguyen plays the Complete Piano Works of Paul Chihara. In addition, her recording of the piano music of French composer Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983), who is the only female composer of Les Six, is sponsored by the Sorel Foundation, and will be released in the spring of 2023 on the Music and Arts label.

On October 7th of 2022, Quynh performed the world premiere of Paul Chihara piano concerto as featured soloist with Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Honna Tetsuji at the Hanoi Opera House. This important concert commemorated the 25th anniversary of normalization of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations. She will be performing the American premiere of this concerto with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in January of 2024 as part of the "Celebrate Asia" concert at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall.

Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Bella Davidovich, Jacob Lateiner, Martin Canin, and Jerome Rose. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Graduate Center of City University of New York. Her dissertation titled An Analysis of Olivier Messiaen's Last Piano Solo Work: Les Petites Esquisses d'oiseaux received the Barry Brook Dissertation award from the Graduate Center. Additionally, she is the recipient of several highly prestigious scholarships and awards, including the United States Presidential Academic Fitness Award, the American Prize, and the Fulbright Fellowship to study music with the late Yvonne Loriod Messiaen in Paris, France in 2004-2005.

Dr. Nguyen currently serves on the music faculty of the Music Department at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.

The Flower of France: Quynh Nguyen Plays Germaine Tailleferre
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Paul Chihara: Complete Works for Piano
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Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
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Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel
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Schubert, Chopin
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DVD - In Recital at Elebash Hall
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DVD - Live in Recital at Merkin Hall
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Born in Seattle, Chihara is of Japanese heritage, though his interests range far and wide, from Beethoven – in the hugely entertaining Four Reveries, a rich mosaic of quotes and allusions – to ‘the tradition of Fauré and Debussy, with occasional nods to Ellington and Gershwin’ in Ami (there is a touch of Schumann, too, in the finale), to East Asian musical forms in the Concerto-Fantasy. This last was written for Vietnamese-born Quynh Nguyen, who performs this ‘personal tribute and musical portrait’ of her with considerable panache, relishing the many Vietnamese elements in the score as much as the more American ones. Expressively, the piece opens and closes in the light, but there are darker moments, particularly the martial scherzo, full of drums and sounds of conflict.

Nguyen is equally persuasive in the Bagatelles, which take Japanese folk material (note the subtitle, ‘Twice Seven Haiku’) in a manner suggested by Bartók and covering a wide variety of moods. Dedicatee Jerome Lowenthal recorded these for Bridge; enchanting accounts, but Nguyen’s are no less so. Nguyen shows throughout a consistent and innate understanding of Chihara’s eclectic piano-writing, relishing its textural delicacy as much as its energy and the webs of allusions that are a common feature of all the music. Nguyen’s touch – in every sense – is pitch perfect; her version, with Rieko Aizawa, of Ami is arguably finer than that of the Rogés, for whom it was written! Naxos’s clear yet intimate sound completes a terrific release, one that has grown on me with each playing....
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Chihara: Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra; Bagatelles; Reveries; Ami Review by James Manheim
The music of Paul Chihara, who spent part of his childhood in an internment camp in Idaho, takes Asian-Western dichotomies as points of departure, but that statement is too simple for all the variety of ways the combination can play out. The marquee item here is the recent Concerto-Fantasy for piano and orchestra, written for the young pianist Quynh Nguyen and premiered by her with the Vietnamese National Orchestra; here, it is sympathetically read by the London Symphony under conductor Stephen Barlow. The concerto has a unique concept, loosely describing the career of pianist Nguyen, although there is also a Vietnam War movement from before her time. The startling entrance of boogie-woogie in the second movement after the Vietnamese-inspired first movement is typical of Chihara's aesthetic. In some ways, this album would make a good introduction to Chihara's style, which is boiled down to its essentials in the Bagatelles ("Twice Seven Haiku for Piano") of 2011. These little pieces have the concision of Beethoven's Bagatelles, with such delightful titles as "Drinking Song for Kittens" (based on a Japanese song) and "Hip Hop Farmer." Beethoven takes center stage in the Four Reveries for piano, each a quasi-improvisatory essay in which bits of Beethoven's piano sonatas emerge from reflective material (the "Sayonara" movement is based, naturally, on "Les Adieux"). Sample the opening "RAG 109," based on the first movement of the Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109. The final Ami for piano four hands was written for the wedding in Japan of two of the composer's friends. Both ingenious and richly evocative and beautifully and quietly played besides, this is a wonderful release.James ManheimAllmusic
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This magnificent selection by Vietnamese-born pianist Quynh Nguyen offers a very representative panorama of French composer Germaine Tailleferre’s solo piano work. It covers a little over 60 years of the career of this underrated member of the Group of Six founded in 1920 including Poulenc, Milhaud, Honegger, Auric and Durey. This anthology has been carefully planned in chronological order, from Impromptu 1912 (her first published work) to one of her latest, Singeries dated 1975, that is, near the end of his professional career.
After three albums previously released on the Arabesque label (Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, Messiaen) and obtaining a doctorate, Quynh Nguyen has a lasting commitment to French music culture. Having won a scholarship (Fulbright Fellowship) to improve herself in Paris, it is where she discovered all the inspiration needed to carry out her new record project: to delight the melomaniacs of the unknown repertoire of a woman with subtle and irresistible creativity.
Thanks to her immense talent and interpretive finesse, Quynh Nguyen clearly won her bet. Well-served by a natural and balanced take, this splendid pianist has just gained a reputation as a “wonderfully communicative” performer, according to US critic Harris Goldsmith, who heard her during his Carnegie Hall debut....Guy SauvePassion-Musique-et-Culture-100064738864320/
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There is much musical wit and elegance, from the lyric opening Impromptu to the hilarious – and surely unique – playfulness of Chiens and the love of the absurd, even surreal, in the ‘umbrella fugue’ (Fugue du Parapluie) from 1950. The 1952 suite L’aigle des rues is by turns sun-drenched, tender, humorous, learned and spiritual. The Berceuse from 1936 is simply gorgeous. Nguyen has produced a valuable document of Germaine Tailleferre’s piano worksNatasha Loges Tailleferre – The Flower of France - Instrumental - Reviews - Classical Music BBC Music Magazine
We are indeed fortunate that women, so long relegated to a subservient position in a male dominated society, seem to be at the point of discovery and evaluation as to their true quality and craftsmanship in the creative aspects of composition. Under the title Flower of France (8 short children’s pieces), the only female member of “Le Six” one might think gets her due with 40 selections from her piano music. These join a relative paucity of material that has made an appearance from time to time.

All of these selections are quite short, but they do exude a considerable amount of charm in the context of a French and neobaroque sensibility. Any attempt at larger forms is limited to a grouping of movements such as the Partita for Piano (1957), consisting of 3 movements and 2 sections from the ballet Parisa (1953).

Based on what we have here we might assume that the composer is primarily a miniaturist, but a body of concertante works remains to be discovered, as does an opera. According to the pianist’s excellent notes the fly in the ointment might be a problem in the composer’s estate. Until the situation is settled we must be thankful for this treasurable body of music, lovingly and effectively played by Quynh Nguyen.

The pianist is a graduate of the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, where she was a student of Bella Davidovich, Jacob Lateiner, Martin Canin, and Jerome Rose. She is on the faculty of Hunter College and City University of New York. Needless to say, she does the music proud, and this can be unreservedly recommended.

—Alan Becker, American Record Guide, November 2023
Alan BeckerAmerican Record Guide, November 2023
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While most modern-day listeners are not likely to relate to the subjects that inspired these pieces, it’s hard to imagine any listener who wouldn’t appreciate the music for its charm, elegance, sophisticated humor, and genuine beauty. In these performances by Quynh Nguyen, Tailleferre emerges as a distinct voice among her Les Six companions, and a composer whose output is deserving of more attention than it has received. Sensitive, poetic, communicative playing abounds throughout....
This is Quynh Nguyen’s Fanfare debut, though I note that she has previously recorded three albums for the Arabesque label, consisting of works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, and Messiaen. To her discography can now be added this very beautiful and beguiling Music & Arts album of works by Germaine Tailleferre. Allow me to echo James Harrington’s hope for more of Tailleferre and in this case, more of Quynh Nguyen.

—Jerry Dubins

This article originally appeared in Issue 47:2 (Nov/Dec 2023) of Fanfare Magazine.

Jerry DubinsFanfare Magazine
The Concert Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra is dedicated to pianist Quynh Nguyen and inspired by traditional Vietnamese music.
The first of the four movements is largely lyrical and neoclassical in expression. The second movement is influenced by jazz, while the scherzo sounds more dramatic at first. The composer says, « War has come to Hanoi, and the gorgeous traditional and natural world is being destroyed by chaos and violence. The music of this Scherzo is not a descriptive war symphony, but a sort of musical nightmare of violence, confusion, and dread. »
The fourth movement is again very quiet and lyrical, ending the concerto on a very conciliatory note.
The Bagatelles Twice Seven Haiku for Piano comprise two groups of seven small pieces each, which the composer with Japanese roots calls haiku. He says that they « reflect the stylistic dichotomy of Japanese and American musical and poetic influences. »
Some of these haikus were inspired by popular songs as well as Chihara’s film themes, but also include homage to Bach, Brahms, and Prokofiev. They are played brilliantly by Quynh Nguyen, as are the sweetly playful Four Reveries on Beethoven.
Remy Franck Editor in chief, Pizzicato President of the International Classical Music Awards ICMAhttps://www.pizzicato.lu/musikalisches-portrat-von-paul-chihara/
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Madame Tailleferre was also a respected pianist, playing duets with Eric Satie or Igor Stravinsky, so she naturally composed for the piano. Her piano pieces are neoclassical and always atmospheric. They are calm, dreamy, charming, rhythmically energetic, serious or witty, pastoral or dance-like, and some belong to the genre of pastiche.
Quynh Nguyen allows the music to retain its naturalness and French elegance. She has a good sense of rhythm, as well as dynamic and color nuances, plays with a brilliant lightness and a pictorial refinement. One therefore listens to this program with real pleasure....Remy Franck https://www.pizzicato.lu
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The Hanoi, Vietnam-born pianist Quynh Nguyen, now an American citizen, was born in 1976 and studied at the Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, after debuts in Hanoi and some early training at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, studying with Oleg Musorin. In New York her teachers have included Martin Canin, Jerome Rose, Jacob Lateiner, Bella Davidovich, and Robert Turner. She has concertised in Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the United States. She is gifted with a tender musicality, allied with a dazzlingly deft balance between the hands that make her performances of Schubert and Chopin, as heard on this new disc, irresistible. In Chopin's Nocturne in E flat, her trills have a poignancy that is entirely suited to the music, while she expresses the joyous dash needed for the same composer's showpiece: the Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise.

When Nguyen made her New York recital debut last year at Weill Hall, she was greeted by a rave notice from the usually judicious keyboard connoisseur Harris Goldsmith, who exclaimed, 'Ms. Nguyen's pianism and music-making are graced with beauty and exuberance. She is a real artist; a wonderfully communicative performer obviously intoxicated with the joy of living her music and sharing it with those lucky enough to hear it spring from her soul. What a compendium of intellect, sophistication and taste! True enough, Nguyen's Schubert is fresh and fleet, with a kind of poetic approach allied with digital dexterity in the tradition of the late Russian virtuoso Yuri Egorov, although more pliant and endearing than the splashy Egorov generally sounded...

Rarely does one hear a young artist with such a naturally flowing sense of melodic line - vivid and unforced - that permits the music to breath uninhibited. This flexible way of playing allows poetry and emotion to expand organically. Quynh Nguyen is already a major talent of the younger generation of keyboard artists, to be placed alongside Klara Wurtz and Irina Rees.Benjamin IvryInternational Piano Magazine
Take Vietnamese-American pianist Quynh Nguyen. Last year, she made her New York debut to a rave review from the dean of US piano critics, Harris Goldsmith. He cheered Ms. Nguyen's performance of Chopin, saying that she played more eloquently than such great keyboard heroes as "Ignaz Friedman, Perahia, Horowitz, Rubinstein – or anyone whose interpretations linger in the mind's ear.

This kind of reaction would, in other days, have guaranteed a recording contract, especially since she is young and photogenic. Instead, she has paid to publish two CDs, which are available on her website.

"... it would be better to have a recording contract with a big company," says Nguyen. But "I am happy that my music has reached a much wider audience...Benjamin IvryChristian Monitor Science Magazine
Recently, the latest recording by Vietnamese-American pianist Quynh Nguyen titled 'The Flower of France' was awarded the Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards in the US.

The piano album was curated by artist Quynh Nguyen from solo piano pieces as well as transcriptions and excerpts from ballets and film scores, including some rarely played or recorded pieces. This recording showcases the emotional, poetic playing of artist Quynh Nguyen....
Kieu Trang https://www.vietnamplus.vn/nghe-sy-piano-goc-viet-gianh-giai-vang-giai-thuong-am-nhac-toan-cau/88691
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The concert was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the friendship between the United States and Vietnam through music and culture. Quynh Nguyen’s performance was a great example of how music can build bridges and strengthen ties between two countries.

Kate Bartlett

Cultural Affairs Officer

U.S. Embassy Hanoi
"Her delightful Weill Hall recital offered renditions of Bach's G-minor English Suite (with a witty suggestion of a tambourine in the Gavotte), Schubert's D-major Sonata, D. 850, and vernal, lyrical accounts of Chopin's E-major Scherzo and late E-flat Nocturne (Op. 55, No. 2). Likewise memorable was her fleet, crystalline Ravel Tombeau de Couperin at a later Merkin Hall concert."Harris GoldsmithMusical America
She is exquisitely trained as a pianist, pedagogue and scholar. She is a beautiful and exciting performer, a dedicated teacher and a profound writer on music. She exhibits this through her great experience on stage and accomplishments in the classroom. She is a most successful recording artist, adding to her artistic profile.
Jerome Rose - May 2023Founder and Director, International Keyboard Institute & Festival
Your performance of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K.453 was splendid virtually from beginning to end. Your artistic approach to the Allegro shared your fluid technique and understanding of performance practice. I sincerely enjoyed how you constructed each phrase and how carefully you listened to and dialogued with the JägerMeister Orchestra and Maestro Zilberkant. Your enthusiasm for Mozart was evident in the Andante and the Allegretto-Presto as well. Mozart sounds like a first musical language for you. There was a clear musical narrative shared throughout the performance.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing such a delightful rendering. _ Micheal BensonMichael BensonThe American Prize
Messiaen: Great feel, colors, phrasing all good. Excellent playing. Chopin: Very beautiful.Jeffrey BiegelThe American Prize
"[On] Saturday night, she made her local debut, and it was easy to understand why even people who are hard to please like her so much. She is a musical and expressive player who commands a flexible, singing sound. She is often sensitive and poetic, and when she should dazzle with lively rhythm, piquant inflexions, and dashing virtuosity -- as in Chopin's ''Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise brillante,'' or in the Chopin waltz she offered as an effervescent encore -- she knows how to. Quynh opened with an unusual Sonata in F Minor by Muzio Clementi, which she played in an operatic and romantic style. Her playing of Ravel's ''Tombeau de Couperin'' was marvelous: she excels in everything that requires elegance, proportion, balance, taste, and wit...Schumann's ''Kreisleriana'' was almost too beautifully played, with subtle interplay of inner voices... "Richard DyerThe Boston Globe
. . . her pianistic ability is beyond question; proven by her many concerts, reviews and recordings. She demonstrates in her performances a unique combination of virtuosity, poetry and passion. It is always a joy to be in the audience when she performs . . . [She is] a brilliant pianist . . . she has worked with me as well asBella Davidovich and is a truly wonderful artist . . . she is extraordinary in every way . . . there is a loveliness and strength to her playing and true qualities that make her a superb performer of Chopin.Jerome Rose,Faculty, Mannes College of Music
Quynh plays with great dexterity and technique, but also with artistry and sensitivity –and a very personal touch of romance in her interpretations. There is poetry in her every phrase and great emotion (often painful sadness and at other times joyful and playful exuberance). Ms. Nguyen is a consummate artist, with an excellent ear (she has perfect pitch), and very traditional music training, excelling in Baroque as well as classical styles. But her very special forte is the music of passion and youthful expression, which makes her every performance an adventure!Paul Chihara - March 2023Paul Chihara - March 2023
This young pianist, born in Vietnam and trained in Russia as well as in the United States, received high praise from reliable quarters for her New York debut recital last year. Now she offers an interesting and well-varied program of Clementi (Sonata Op. 13 No. 6), Schumann ("Kreislariana"), Ravel ("Le Tombeau de Couperin") and Corigliano ("Fantasia on an Ostinato").James OestreichThe New York Times
A New York debut of exceptional distinction was played by pianist Quynh Nguyen on March 3rd at Weill Hall as part of Artists International’s Debut Winners Series. Ms. Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam to a family of musicians, played her first recital at the age of nine, and at eleven made her orchestral debut performing Mozart’s Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466. That same year she gave a recital in Moscow, and at 13, received a full scholarship to study at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow. She continued her studies as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School and at the Mannes College of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees respectively. She is currently enrolled in the DMA program at CUNY. Her teachers include Oleg Mussorin, Robert Turner, Bella Davidovich, Alexander Paley, Jacob Lateiner and Jerome Rose. And, as her bio for the recital adds, “she has performed in master classes given by Tatiana Nicoleiva, Garrick Ohlsson, Bryce Morrison, Pavlina Dokovska, Peter Frankel, Richard Goode, and András Schiff”. Ms. Nguyen’s credentials are indeed impressive, and little wonder that she has distinguished herself in various piano competitions and gained extensive concert experience worldwide—in Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the United States.

But even my fondest hopes and expectations were gloriously sustained and surpassed by this dream of a recital. Ms. Nguyen’s pianism and music making are graced with beauty and exuberance. She is a real artist; a wonderfully communicative performer obviously intoxicated with the joy of living her music and sharing it with those lucky enough to hear it spring from her soul. What a compendium of intellect, sophistication and taste! And she is also (in her unobtrusive way) an accomplished virtuoso, equipped to dispatch even some of the most difficult and subtle compositions on her program (J.S. Bach’s English Suite in G minor BWV 808, Schubert’s Sonata in D major, Op. 53, D. 850; and three of Chopin’s most rarified masterworks, his Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54; his late Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2; and earlier but demanding Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22).

The Bach Suite took wing with infectious brio. Her propulsive way with the opening Preludium may have initially seemed too dangerously precipitate but the rhythmic control was secure and admirable steady. The ensuing Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte and Gigue all likewise shared that same lustrous singing tone. The Sarabande was especially modest and eloquent, and she brought a delightful sense of humor to her fleet delivery of the Gavotte (with the tambourine-like repeated bass notes in its second strain deliciously and tastefully emphasized; and the almost Schumannesque maggiore central Trio poignantly savored).

The first movement of the Schubert Sonata took wing at an almost wicked clip. Here, if there is any room for reservation, Ms. Nguyen might have allowed for just a hairbreadth more tonal solidity and breathing space to make the most of this extremely Beethovenian writing. But, no matter, the potentially quirky crossing of hands and such were admirably under rhythmic control (no Schnabel-like desperation this time!). And how Ms. Nguyen’s spot-on sense of color and timing kept the potentially repetitious Con moto second movement airborne. (All of the myriad variations of filigree were splendidly creative and engaging and never once did interest flag). For once, there were no “editorializing” of rhythm in the Allegro vivace Scherzo (again that “Tradition” established almost reflexively by that famous old Schanbel recording), and in retrospect it was a pleasant and unpretentious departure from precedent. The Rondo: Allegro moderato, taken a bit more rapidly than usual, delectably recreated the nursery-rhyme “Sing a Song of Six Pence” quality in this fleet and lovely version.

And so it was with the Chopin group heard after intermission: the Fourth Scherzo had an almost Mendelssohn-like gossamer quality. Filigree was impishly tossed off, the octaves sonorously in place, and the central Trio section again achieved without fuss or contortion. The Nocturne was, if anything, even better: the absolute highpoint of the afternoon: I have never heard it played more eloquently, by Ignaz Friedman, Perahia, Horowitz, Rubinstein—or anyone whose interpretations linger in the mind’s ear. (Yes, this performance was truly sublime.) The Andante Spianato had a classical simplicity and proportion, and the following Grande Polonaise—a brilliance and swagger—with some effective left hand anticipations and octave amplifications making the proceedings all the more stylish and effective.

We will, no doubt, be regularly hearing much more from Quynh Nguyen: Remember her name!Harris GoldsmithNew York Concert Review
She was my student at The Juilliard School for four years during which time she showed herself to be a wonderful young artist. She has impressive technical and musical assets, along with discipline and desire to develop herself. She made wonderful progress while studying with me and I look forward to watching her life as professional pianist evolve.Bella DavidovichFaculty, The Juilliard School
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December 05, 2023 Vietnamese Embassy Washington DC
October 08, 2023 Montauk Library Concert Series
April 19, 2023 Fulbright Prize Ceremony
October 07, 2022 Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra...
September 22, 2022 Messiaen Quartet for the End of TIm...
September 18, 2022 Rogers Memorial Library
May 11, 2022 Recording at Oktaven Studios
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September 10, 2020 Vietnamese National Symphony Orches...
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February 29, 2020 Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festiv...
January 16, 2020 Vietnamese Embassy Concert
September 22, 2019 Piano recital
July 27, 2019 IKIF - International Keyboard Insti...
May 3, 2019 Chamber Music
April 11, 2019 Solo Faculty Recital
April 6, 2019 Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Mak...
December 20, 2018 Interview Live on Radio "Voice Ame...
November 28, 2018 Chamber Music Master Class
October 21, 2018 Stars of Steinway Series
July 15, 2018 IKIF - International Keyboard Insti...
April 11th, 2019 Piano Solo Recital
April 8th, 2018 South Windsor Cultural Arts Concert...
February 8, 2018 Reimagined Ravel
December 10, 2017 Roerich Museum
November 9, 2017 Piano Recital
October 29, 2017 The Groves Afternoon Concert
July 17, 2017 IKIF - International Keyboard Insti...
April 1, 2017 Bruno Walter Auditorium
September 25, 2016 Montauk Library
July 24, 2016 Mozart Concerto in G Major, K. 453 ...
July 24, 2016 Mozart Concerto with the JagerMeist...
July 20, 2015 International Institute & Festival ...
April 25, 2013 Sun Valley Artist Series Internatio...
October 6, 2013 Art Complex Museum
October 4, 2013 The Groves Afternoon Concert
January 13, 2013 Steinway Smithsonian Series
January 13, 2013 Steinway Series
July 15-29, 2012 IKIF - International Keyboard Insti...
June 9, 2012 Concert Series at the Montauk Libra...
May 13, 2012 Odeon Chamber Music Series
May 12, 2012 Woodbridge Music Club presents
May 3, 2012 Music in Midtown: An Afternoon In P...
April 20, 2012 Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial ...
January 29, 2012 Bruno Walter Auditorium
September 1, 2011 Quynh Nguyen to perform as featured...
July 17-31, 2011 International Keyboard Institute an...
November 19, 2010 IVCE Classical Music Concert
November 10, 2010 Hanoi Millennium
September 12, 2010 The Smithsonian American Art Museum...
August 8, 2010 Soirées Musical Recital Series
August 5, 2010 L’Ermitage Foundation Concert Ser...
July 18 - August 1, 2010 International Keyboard Institute an...
April 24, 2010 Elizabeth Dunaway Piano Festival
April 11, 2010 Saint Andrew Music Society’s Musi...
February 25, 2010 Black History Month Program: Perfor...
February 7, 2010 Winter Chamber Music Concert
July 19 - August 2, 2009 International Keyboard Institute an...
June 27, 2009 2009 Rockport Chamber Music Festiva...
May 29, 2009 Solo recital
April 2009 Adjunct Faculty and performing arti...
January 18, 2009 Konzerthaus Berlin
January 11, 2009 Quynh Nguyen Klavier
December 16, 2008 L’Ermitage Foundation Concert Ser...
December 13, 2008 Soirées Musical Recital Series
October 19, 2008 Odeon Chamber Music Series
July 13-27, 2008 International Keyboard Institute an...
June 21-24, 2008 Birmingham Messiaen 2008 Internatio...
June 18, 2008 2008 Rockport Chamber Music Festiva...
June 16, 2008 Recital
March 22, 2008 Concert of Compassion
July 15-29, 2007 International Keyboard Institute an...
April 19, 2007 Faculty Concert
March 31, 2007 Concert at the Opera House
March 15, 2007 Interview and Filming for Fuji TV
March 8, 2007 Piano recital - Fulbright 30th Anni...
December 12, 2006 Piano recital
July 16-30, 2006 International Keyboard Institute an...
June 10, 2006 Chamber Music performance witht the...
June 8, 2006 Performing live broadcast on WGBH-F...
March 25, 2006 Stravinsky Concerto for piano and w...
October 9, 2005 Rockport Chamber Music Festival Rec...
September 22, 2005 Fulbright Anniversary Gala
September 18, 2005 Solo Recital
September 16, 2005 Odeon Chamber Music Series
June 2, 2005 Maison de Mexique
May 29, 2005 Solo Recital
March 2, 2005 Universität der Künste Berlin, Ko...
February 28, 2005 Solo Recital
April 29, 2004 Aaron Copland School of Music
October 4, 2003 Longy School of Music
May 4, 2003 Messiah Festival of the Arts
March 21, 2003 BargeMusic
March 20, 2003 BargeMusic
September 8, 2002 Solo Recital
September 6, 2002 Odeon Chamber Music Series
June 8, 2002 Merkin Concert Hall
April 28, 2002 St. John the Divine
April 6, 2002 Messiah Festival of the Arts
February 10, 2002 Solo Recital
March 3, 2001 New York Recital Debut

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Norris Theater, California
Los Angeles Bellflower Symphony
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Messiaen, Chopin, and Ravel La Valse
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L. V. Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Frederic Chopin: Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat, Op.22
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2015 International Keyboard Institute & Festival. Kaye Playhouse, NYC
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Concert at the Smithsonian Washington DC
Solo recital at the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington DC
Ravel: La Valse
2012 International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York City
Mozart Sonata in A Major - Part 1
Quynh Nguyen playing Sonata in A Major, K 331
Geoffrey Burleson and Quynh Nguyen - Solo Recital
International Keyboard Institute & Festival
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Paris, France

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Mannes College of Music, The New School

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The Juilliard School


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En tant que boursière Fulbright, Mademoiselle Quynh Nguyen, vient de compléter une année d’études à Paris avec la pianiste française Yvonne Loriod Messaien qui la décrit très élogieusement ainsi : « une excellente jeune pianiste de grand talent. Son interprétation est claire, expressive et distinguée; elle possède une excellente technique et une maîtrise du rythme, des couleurs et des styles exceptionnelles. C’est une artiste intellligente et raffinée à laquelle je souhaite une brillante carrière.». Quynh Nguyen a été sélectionnée comme l’une des “19 jeunes stars de demain” dans l’article “ Jeunes Artistes: Le Frisson de la Découverte” de l’édition 2004 de la publication Musical America. Le Boston Globe, en octobre 2003, la décrit comme” une grande musicienne très expressive à la sonorité souple et mélodieuse et qui excelle dans tout ce qui requiert de l’élégance, du goût, de l’équilibre, de l’esprit et le sens de la proportion. ” Le New York Concert Review (été 2001) applaudit cette ‘’véritable artiste si merveilleusement communicative et comme enivrée du plaisir de vivre sa musique et de le partager avec ceux qui ont le bonheur de l’entendre jaillir de son âme.”

Née au Vietnam, Quynh Nguyen a commencé le piano à l’âge de quatre ans. Elle a donné son premier récital quand elle avait neuf ans, et a effectué son début orchestral à onze ans, interprétant le Concerto pour piano de Mozart en ré mineur, K. 466. Elle a aussi donné un récital cette même année à Moscou. A l’âge de 13 ans, elle bénéficia d’une bourse pour étudier le piano avec Oleg Musorin à l’Institut Gnessin de Moscou.

Ancienne boursière à la Julliard School et au Mannes College of Music, Mlle Nguyen est actuellement candidate pour un doctorat en musique au Graduate Center de la City University de New York. Parmi ses professeurs on peut compter Martin Canin, Jerôme Rose, Jacob Lateiner, Bella Davidovitch, Robert Turner et Ton That Triem. Elle a joué lors des cours donnés par les maîtres Tatiana Nicolieva, Garrick Ohlsson, Bryce Morrison, Jeffrey Siegel, Jeffrey Swann, Victor Rosenbaum, Pavlina Dokovska, Peter Frankl, Richard Goode et Andras Schiff.

Mademoiselle Nguyen a remporté des prix prestigieux de plusieur national et international piano competitions et elle a acquis une grande expérience de concert partout dans le monde – en Hongrie, en Allemagne, en Suisse, en Autriche, en France et aux Etats-Unis. Elle a souvent été programmée dans les stations de radio suivantes: WQXR à New York, North Indianapolis Public Radio, section musique classique, WHRO-FM, en Virginie, 89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio, en Caroline du Nord et Classical 94.5 WNEDFM à New York. Elle est passée à l’émission télévisée “ Grand Piano” à Los Altos en Californie et aussi à la télévision japonaise et vietnamienne.

Mademoiselle Nguyen a été invitée à joindre la faculté du International Keyboard Institute & Festival à New York City et la faculté du Music Department of Hunter College, City University of New York.

Revue de Press

The Boston Globe, Octobre 2003
Par Richard Dyer Samedi soir, elle a donné son premier concert local et il est facile de comprendre le succès obtenu même auprès des mélomanes les plus exigeants. Sa manière de jouer si expressive et si souple s’allie parfaitement à sa mélodieuse sonorité. Sa sensibilité, sa poésie sont tellement présentes, et quand elle nous régale de rythmes enlevés et d’inflexions piquantes, sa merveilleuse virtuosité est époustouflante – comme dans l’ Andante
spianato et la Grande Polonaise Brilliante de Chopin ou bien dans la valse également de Chopin qu’elle a interprétée lors d’un bis superbe. Quynh a débuté son concert avec une étonnante sonate en sol mineur de Muzio Clementi qu’elle interpréta dans un style romantique inspiré de l’opéra. Son jeu dans “ le Tombeau de Couperin” de Ravel était fabuleux: elle excelle dans tout ce qui requiert de l’élégance, le sens de la proportion et de l’équilibre, la sûreté du goût et de l’esprit. La “ Kreisleriana” de Schumann était presque trop joliement interprétée, agrémentée…

Yvonne Lorriod-Messiaen
Septembre 2003
Professeur Honoraire au Conservatoire de Paris
“ Je vous ai entendu jouer avec grand plaisir et je trouve que vous êtes une excellente pianiste !
Un jeu limpide, expressif, distingué,une technique parfaite; je vous félicite !”

Jerome Rose, pianiste
Septembre 2003
Professeur, Mannes College of Music
Fondateur et Directeur de l’International Keyboard Institute & Festival
“ … Sa maîtrise du piano est incontestable, corroborée par ses nombreux concerts, la critique et les enregistrements. Elle fait preuve, lors de ses concerts, d’une combinaison unique de virtuosité de poésie et de passion. C’est toujours une grande joie d’être parmi le public quand elle joue… C’est une pianiste brillante… Elle a travaillé avec moi tout comme avec Bella Davidovich et elle est véritablement une artiste fabuleuse…Elle excelle en tout… Il y a une beauté et une force telles dans son jeu qu’elle détient toutes les qualités pour faire d’elle une superbe interprète de Chopin.

International Piano Magazine
Édition novembre/décembre 2002
Benjamin Ivry
Née en 1976 à Hanoï et d’origine vietnamienne, naturalisée américaine, la pianiste Quynh Nguyen a étudié à la Juillard School and Mannes College of Music après ses débuts à Hanoï et une formation antérieure à l’Institut Gnessin de Moscou avec Oleg Musorin comme professeur. A New York elle a compté parmi ses professeurs Martin Canin, Jerôme Rose, Jacob Lateiner, Bella Davidovitch et Robert Turner. Elle a donné des concerts en Hongrie, en Allemagne, en Suisse, en Autriche et aux États-Unis. Douée d’une tendre musicalité et d’un prodigieux équilibre entre les deux mains, elle interprète d’une manière irrésistible Schubert et Chopin dans son nouveau CD.Dans son interprétation du Nocturne de Chopin en fa bémol, ses trilles renferment une emotion tout à la hauteur de la musique, alors qu’elle exprime si bien les envolées joyeuses nécessaires dans l’Andante Spianato et La Grande Polonaise du même compositeur.

Quynh Nguyen donna son premier récital à New York, l’année dernière; elle fut acceuillie par un commentaire très enthousiaste du critique et expert du piano Harris Goldsmith, ordinairement plus réservé. Il s’exclama en ces termes:“ Le jeu et la musique de Mlle Nguyen sont empreints de grâce,de beauté et d’exubérance. C’est une véritable artiste si merveilleusement communicative et comme enivrée du plaisir de vivre sa musique et de le partager avec ceux qui ont eu le bonheur de l’entendre jaillir de son âme. Quelle association de l’intelligence, de la sophistication et du goût ! Le Schubert de Nguyen est d’une grande fraîcheur et rapide, avec une sorte d’approche poétique alliée à une grande dextérité dans la tradition du défunt virtuose russe Yuri Egorov,
quoique plus souple et plus attachante que dans la manière de jouer quelque peu tape-à-l’oeil de ce dernier.

Maintenant installée à New York, Nguyen compte dans son répertoire de piano la Deuxième et la
Quatrième de Beethoven (elle pourrait tout aussi bien y inclure la Troisième) et les concertos de Schumann et de Chopin. Il serait intéressant de l’entendre jouer Mozart et Mendelssohn. On rencontre rarement une jeune artiste avec un tel sens de la mélodie, avec un tel naturel, une manière de jouer si vivante et coulée, permettant à la musique de respirer librement. Cette souplesse dans l’interprétation donne libre cours à la poésie et à l’émotion. Quynh Nguyen est déjà une pianiste de grand talent dans la lignée de Klara Wurtz et d’ Irina Rees.

Christian Science Monitor Magazine
22 septembre 2002
Par Benjamin Ivry
“ Prenons la pianiste vietnamienne-américaine Quynh Nguyen. L’année dernière, elle a donné son premier récital à New York donnant suite à un compte rendu rare donné par le doyen des critiques du piano aux États- Unis, Harris Goldsmith. Ce dernier a applaudi l’interprétation de Chopin de Mlle Nguyen en affirmant qu’elle jouait avec plus d’éloquence que les grands maîtres du piano comme “ Ignaz Friedman, Perahia, Horowiz, Rubinstein ou qui que soit d’autre dont les interprétations demeurent présentes à l’esprit.
Ce type de réaction aurait garanti, en d’autres temps, un contrat d’enregistrement, d’autant qu’elle est jeune et photogénique. Au contraire, elle a dû payer elle- même pour ses deux CDs qui sont disponibles sur son site internet.
“ … Il serait mieux d’avoir un contrat d’enregistrement avec une grande maison de disques, nous dit-elle, mais je suis heureuse que ma musique ait touché un public beaucoup plus large …”

Le New York Times
7 juin 2002
Par James Oestreich
“ Cette jeune artiste, née au Vietnam et formée en Russie aussi bien qu’aux États-Unis, a reçu de grands éloges de la part de mélomanes distingués de New York pour son premier récital l’année dernière. Actuellement elle nous propose un programme très varié, composé de Clémenti (Sonate Op. 13 No 6), Schumann (“Kreislariana”), Ravel ( le Tombeau de Couperin) et Corigliano
( “ Fantasia sur un Ostinato ”). Demain à 20h 30, au Martin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, (212) 501-3330.

New York Concert Review
Été 2001
Compte rendu de Harris Goldsmith
Pour ses débuts à New York, le 3 mars, l’interprétation de la pianiste Quyng Nguyen fut d’une exceptionnelle distinction au Weill Hall dans le cadre des Debut Winners Series pour les artistes internationaux. Née au Vietnam dans une famille de musiciens, Nguyen a donné son premier récital à l’âge de 9 ans et a fait ses débuts orchestraux à onze ans, interprétant le concerto de Mozart No 20 en ré mineur, K.466. La même année, elle a joué à Moscou et à 13 ans, elle bénéficia d’une bourse pour étudier le piano à l’Institut Gnessin de Moscou. Elle
a poursuivi ses études par la suite, comme boursière à la Julliard School et au Mannes College of Music où elle a obtenu respectivement sa licence et sa maîtrise. Elle est actuellement inscrite au CUNY pour un doctorat en musique et compte parmi ses professeurs : Oleg Mussorin, Robert Turner, Bella Davidovich, Alexander Paley, Jacob Lateiner et Jerome Rose. Et comme sa bio pour le récital l’indique, “ Elle a joué lors des cours donnés par les maîtres Tatiana Nicoleiva, Garrick Ohlsson, Bryce Morrisson, Pavlina Dokovska, Peter Frankel, Richard
Goode et András Schiff ”. Les références de Mademoiselle Nguyen sont résolument impressionnantes et il n’est point étonnant qu’elle se soit distinguée dans de nombreux concours de piano et qu’elle ait acquis une telle expérience de concert dans le monde entier : Hongrie, Allemagne, Autriche et aux États-Unis.
Ce récital de rêve a glorieusement dépassé mon attente et même mes espoirs les plus chers. Le jeu et la musique de Mlle Nguyen sont empreints de grâce, de beauté et d’exubérance. C’est une véritable artiste si merveilleusement communicative et comme enivrée du plaisir de vivre sa musique et de le partager avec ceux qui ont eu le bonheur de l’entendre jaillir de son âme. Quelle association de l’intelligence, de la sophistication et du goût ! Elle est par ailleurs (de sa manière si discrète) une virtuose accomplie, capable d’exécuter même les compositions les plus ardues et les plus subtiles de son propre répertoire. (la Suite Anglaise en sol mineur de J. S. Bach BMV 808, la Sonate de Schubert en ré majeur, Op. 53, D 850; et trois des pièces maîtresses les plus
rares de Chopin, son Scherzo No. 4 en mi majeur, Op. 54, son dernier Nocturne en fa bémol majeur, Op. 55 No 2 et son plus récent mais difficile Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise, Op. 22).
La Suite de Bach s’envola avec un brio contagieux. Son attaque avec le prélude d’ouverture aurait pu sembler au départ dangereusement précipitée mais le contrôle du rythme était sûr et admirablement régulier. Suivirent L’Allemande, la Courante, la Sarabande, la Gavotte et la Gigue, toutes partageant la même splendid musicalité. La Sarabande était particulièrement modeste et éloquente, et elle introduisit un sens de l’humour ravissant à sa souple interprétation de la Gavotte (avec ses basses répétées évoquant le tambourin dans sa seconde suite d’accords à l’emphase exquise et de bon goût, et le quasi Schumanesque Maggiore Central Trio à
la saveur indicible.
Le premier mouvement de la Sonate de Schubert prit un envol d’une vitesse quasi fulgurante laissant peu de place à la réserve. Mlle Nguyen aurait peut-être pu consentir à un iota de solidité tonale pour faire quelque peu respirer cette envolée extrêmement caractéristique de Beethoven. Mais il n’en demeure pas moins que le croisement des mains relativement inhabituel et d’autres “ excentricités “ étaient parfaitement maîtrisés (pas de précipitation à la Schnabel cette fois-ci) . Le sens inné de la couleur et du rythme de Mlle Nguyen a permis au deuxième mouvement potentiellement répétitif du Con Moto de demeurer aérien. (la myriade de variations en
filigrane était merveilleusement créative, captivant ainsi l’assitance). Pour une fois, il n’y avait pas cette exécution stéréotypée du rythme dans l’Allegro Vivace Scherzo telle qu’elle a été établie dans le célèbre vieil enregistrement du même Schnabel) et ce fut rétrospectivement une nouveauté sans pretention comparée aux interprétations précédentes, Le Rondeau, Allegro Moderato, joué un peu plus rapidement que d’ordinaire, a recréé d’une manière délectable les rimes d’une contine enfantine dans cette version superbe et légère
Il en fut de même pour la série de Chopin interprétée après l’entracte : le quatrième Scherzo avait un légèreté de tulle quasi Mendelssohnienne. Le jeu en filigrane fut malicieusement mis à l’écart pour céder la place aux octaves sonores alors que le Trio Central fut achevé sans affectation ou contorsions. Le nocturne était meme encore plus remarquable, le clou de l’après-midi. Je ne l’ai jamais entendu jouer si éloquemment, que ce soit par Ignaz Friedman, Perahia, Horowitz, Rubinstein ou qui que ce soit d’autre dont les interprétations demeurent présentes à l’esprit. (ce fut assurément sublime.) L’andante Spianato était d’une simplicité classique et proportionnée et la grande Polonaise qui suivit d’une brillance et d’une assurance fabuleuses de par un jeu de la
main gauche irréprochable et des sonorities d’octaves rendant l’ensemble d’autant plus élégant et efficace.
Quynh Nguyen fera sans nul doute encore plus parler d’elle . C’est un nom que l’on n’oubliera pas de sitôt.

Arthur S. Danner
Janvier 2001
Département de Musique, West Los Angeles College
“ Quelle soirée fantastique !… Nourissant l’âme et l’esprit ! Je me sens inspiré et fougueux.

Bella Davidovich
Novembre 1999
Professeur, Julliard School
“ J’ai l’honneur de l’avoir eue comme étudiante à la Julliard School pendant quatre ans durant lesquels elle a fait ses preuves en tant que jeune artiste au talent prodigieux. Elle dispose d’atouts techniques et musicaux impressionnants alliés à sa discipline et son profound désir de mieux faire. Elle a fait de remarquables progress en faisant ses études avec moi et j’ai hâte de voir la pianiste professionnelle qu’elle est en puissance.”

Rundschau fur Meizig- Wadern
Journal de Wadern, Allemagne 1996
“…Elle personnifie d’une manière impressive et superbe ce qui caractérise la création musicale à travers sa fougue et sa souplesse. Elle envoûte l’assistance avec sa technique en filigrane et sa musique… [et] le public a ovationné cette romantique musicale. ”
“ Cette pianiste a compris et maîtrise parfaitement les nuances dramatiques lyriques et profondes des compositions de Chopin, ce que le public a très fortement applaudi.”

Alvin Mills
Chef d’orchestre permanent et Directeur musical de l’Ochestre Symphonique de Brentwood-Westwood
“… C’est une excellente pianiste… Nous sommes fiers de son oeuvre”

Dr David Lawrence
Septembre 1992
Producteur de l’émission télévisée Grand Piano
“ Le Beethoven (sonate), en particulier, fut bien pensé, bien senti, musical et techniquement parfait – Tout ce que le public demande d’un interprète. "
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Nghệ sỹ Piano Nguyễn Thúy Quỳnh được Musical America bình chọn là một trong “19 ngôi sao của ngày mai”. Báo Boston Globe ngợi ca cô như “một nghệ sỹ giàu chất thơ ca, âm nhạc, tinh tế và biểu cảm”. Về những chương trình biểu diễn của cô tại Carnegie Hall, tạp chí the New York Concert Review bình luận: “Cô là một nghệ sỹ thực thụ, một người biểu diễn có sức truyền cảm tới khán thính giả, một sự tổ hợp tuyệt vời của trí tuệ, tinh tế và thẩm mỹ”.

Thúy Quỳnh thường xuyên trình diễn trên toàn nước Mỹ và một số quốc gia Châu Âu như Hungary, Đức, Thụy sỹ, Áo và Pháp, tại các phòng hòa nhạc nổi tiếng như Weill Recital Hall tại Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, McEvoy Auditorium và the Freer Gallery tại the Smithsonian, Washington D.C., và the Berlin Konzerthause. Là nghệ sỹ độc tấu công-xec-tô viết cho piano, cô trình diễn cùng dàn nhạc của ĐH Berlin University Orchestra, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, the Bellflower Orchestra, the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, dàn nhạc Giao hưởng Hà Nội, và the Regional Wind Orchestra of Paris. Thúy Quỳnh giành được nhiều giải thưởng cao trong nhiều cuộc thi piano như the Artist International Presentation Competition, the Bellflower Orchestra Competition, the Artists of Tomorrow Competition of the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, và the International Piano Concerto Competition tại San Francisco. Ngoài ra, chương trình biểu diễn của cô được phát sóng trên nhiều radio có uy tín tại Hoa Kì và một số chương trình truyền hình như Wayne Picciano’s award-winning “Grand Piano”, CUNY TV channel 75 trong chương trình “Study With the Best,” Đài Truyền hình Nhật Bản Fujisankei và Đài Truyền hình Việt Nam.

Thúy Quỳnh tốt nghiệp trường The Juilliard School và Mannes College of Music, nơi cô theo học Bella Davidovich và Jerome Rose. Cô giành được học vị Tiến sỹ về Âm nhạc Graduate Center of City University of New York vào năm 2009. Cô đã trình diễn trong các lớp học do các nghệ sỹ nổi tiếng thế giới giảng dạy như Tatiana Nikolaeva, Richard Goode, Jeffrey Swann và Andras Schiff. Cô được nhận học bổng Barry Brook Dissertation của Graduate Center để hoàn thành luận án Tiến sỹ với đề tài “Phân tích tác phẩm cuối cùng độc tấu pinao của Olivier Messiaen: Les Petites Esquisses d’oiseaux”. Ngoài ra, Thúy Quỳnh còn được nhận nhiều học bổng danh giá như “the United States Presidential Academic Excellence Award” và học bổng Fulbright để sang học tại Paris, Pháp.

Hiện nay, Thúy Quỳnh là giảng viên của Hunter College và the International Keyboard Institute and Festival tại New York City.
Frederic Chopin
Scherzo in E major Op. 54
Quynh Nguyen
from Schubert, Chopin
Frederic Chopin
Ballade No. 3 In A-Flat Major, Op. 47
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
Frederic Chopin
Waltz Op. 34 No. 1 In A-Flat Major
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
Olivier Messiaen
From Vingt Regards Sur l'Enfant-Jesus (Selections)
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
Olivier Messiaen
From Vingt Regards Sur l'Enfant-Jesus (Selections)
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
F. Chopin
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Quynh Nguyen
from Live from WGBH radio performance
F. Chopin
Grande Valse Brillante in A Flat Major
Quynh Nguyen
from Live performance on WGBH radio
Frederic Chopin
Sonata No. 2 In B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
Frederick Chopin
Sonata No. 2 In B-Flat Minor, Op. 35
Quynh Nguyen
from Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 26 In E-Flat Major, "Les Adieux," Op. 81a
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 26 In E-Flat Major, "Les Adieux," Op. 81a
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 26 In E-Flat Major, "Les Adieux," Op. 81a
Quynh Nguyen
from Quynh Nguyen: Live In Concert - New York

Concerto for Piano and Winds
Quynh Nguyen
Orchestre Regional de Paris
Philippe Ferro

Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Quynh Nguyen, piano and members of the Biava Quartet
from Live from Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Quynh Nguyen, piano and members of the Biava Quartet
from Live from Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Quynh Nguyen, piano and members of the Biava Quartet
from Live from Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Robert Schumann
Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 47
Quynh Nguyen, piano and members of the Biava Quartet
from Live from Rockport Chamber Music Festival