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Quynh Nguyen

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Biography/Quynh Nguyen

Praised by the Boston Globe as “a musical and expressive player” who is “sensitive and poetic,” who “knows how to make (the music) dazzle with lively rhythm, piquant inflexions, and dashing virtuosity,” 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!”

Ms. 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. In addition, she was invited to participate and perform at several international festivals, including Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine, USA, the Fontainebleau Summer Music Festival in France, the Mozarteum Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria, and give master classes at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, USA.  

Quynh has also distinguished herself as a prizewinner in various international and national piano, including the recent silver medal in the American Prize Hollander Award for her live performance of the Mozart Concerto in G Major K. 453 with Maestro 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 of Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Ravel, Messiaen, and Bach, can be found on the Arabesque Recordings label. She is currently recording the piano music of the French composer Germaine Tailleferre and the complete piano music of American composer Paul Chihara. 

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, Quynh 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. 

Solo Recital at the Smithsonian American Arts Museum Steinway Series:

Quynh Nguyen in her solo recital at the Smithsonian American Arts Museum Steinway Series, performing Chopin, Ravel, and Messiaen

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Quynh Nguyen plays Mozart Concerto K. 453 at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival

Quynh Nguyen plays Mozart Concerto K. 453 in G Major, with Eduard Zilberkant conducting the Jaegermeisters Orchestra at the international Keyboard Institute and Festival.

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Quynh Nguyen plays Chopin 24 preludes at the Kaye Playhouse

Quynh Nguyen plays Chopin 24 preludes at the Kaye Playhouse as part of her solo recital at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City

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