Praised by the Boston Globe as "a musical and expressive player" who is "sensitive and poetic," Vietnamese-American pianist Quynh Nguyen was selected as one of the "19 young stars of tomorrow" by Musical America. For her Carnegie 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 Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, McEvoy Auditorium and 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. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with the Jäger Meisters Chamber Orchestra, the Humboldt University Orchestra, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, the Bellflower Orchestra, the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, the Hanoi Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Regional Wind Orchestra of Paris.
She has also distinguished herself as a prizewinner in various international and national piano, including a medal in the American Prize Hollander Award for her live performance of the Mozart Concerto in G Major K. 453 with Maestro Edward Zilberkant and the Jäger Meisters Chamber Orchestra at the Kaye Playhouse. In addition, her performances have been featured on radio stations throughout the United States as well as television programs such as "Grand Piano," which was shown on cable channels in several states across the country, CUNY TV channel 75 on the program "Study With the Best," Japanese television Fujisankei and Vietnamese national television. Her recordings can be found on the Arabesque Recordings label, on Itunes, and Amazon.
Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Bella Davidovich and Jerome Rose respectively. 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 Excellence 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. Her upcoming concerts and projects this season include a performance with the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra on October 8th, 2022 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of US-Vietnam relations at the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam (this concert was rescheduled from 2020 due to the pandemic). For this concert, she will be performing the world premiere of a piano concerto titled “Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Chamber Orchestra,” written for her by the Japanese American film composer Paul Chihara. She will be recording this concerto along with the complete piano works by Paul Chihara for Naxos’s American Series label this December, with the London Symphony Orchestra at LSO St. Lukes in London. This year Quynh is also recording selected piano works of the French composer Germain Tailleferre for Sorel Classics.
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