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Guest Performer Biography: Quynh Nguyen

By August 8, 2023March 11th, 2024No Comments
Qynh Nguyen sitting in front of piano

Quynh Nguyen will be performing as guest pianist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at our Fantasias concert on March 9, 2024. Tickets are available online or through our box office.

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 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 throughout the United States, Europe, and Vietnam, in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, Berlin Konzerthause, and the Opera House in Hanoi, Vietnam. Broadcast appearances include Voice of America, WQXR, WGBH, NHK Television in Japan, Vietnamese national television, and “Grand Piano,” on cable TV channels across the United States. Her discography include recordings on Arabesque, Naxos’s American Classics Series, 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 2023 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 on the Music and Arts label in July of 2023.

 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. 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 France.

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