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,” the award-winning Vietnamese American pianist Quynh Nguyen was named one of the “19 Young Stars of Tomorrow” by Musical America.
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.
In 2022, Ms. Nguyen performed the world premiere of Paul Chihara’s Piano Concerto with the Vietnamese National Symphony Orchestra at the Hanoi Opera House in a concert commemorating the 25th anniversary of normalization of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations. This work, along with her performance of the Concerto-Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra with the London Symphony Orchestra, are on a 2023 Naxos release, Complete Piano Works of Paul Chihara. Her discography also includes music by Germaine Tailleferre (Music & Arts, 2023) and three albums on the Arabesque label.
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 City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Her dissertation on Olivier Messiaen’s piano music received the Barry Brook Dissertation Award. She is the recipient of the United States Presidential Academic Fitness Award, the American Prize, and a Fulbright Fellowship to study with Yvonne Loriod Messiaen in Paris.
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.