Tra Nguyen Pianist

Biography

"A performance of surpassing keyboard artistry and passion" American Record Guide

Short Biography

British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen’s performances have been praised as “coruscating” (The Independent), “sophisticated” (Rheinpfalz-Zeitung) and possessing "surpassing keyboard artistry and passion" (American Record Guide). Her recent recordings on Sterling Records and Grand Piano Naxos have been chosen as Album of the week by The Independent, in March 2010 and in April 2012.

Tra's imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music. She worked with Sterling Records to produce premiere recordings of music for piano and orchestra by Joachim Raff. The most recent chamber music CD with clarinetist Sabine Grofmeier has  been released on ARS Produktion, featuring works of the German romantics and their contemporaries.  2013/2014 will see further releases of her critically acclaimed recording series of Joachim Raff's piano music on Grand Piano (Naxos group).

Tra gave her first performance at the Hanoi Opera House when she was ten and has continued to engage audiences in other prestigious venues worldwide (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and Tokyo Opera City amongst others). Tra Nguyen studied with Lev Naumov in Moscow Conservatory and with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Long Biography

"A performance of surpassing keyboard artistry and passion"  American Record Guide.

British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen’s performances have been praised as “coruscating” (The Independent), “sophisticated” (Rheinpfalz-Zeitung) and possessing "surpassing keyboard artistry and passion" (American Record Guide). Her recent recordings on Sterling Records and Grand Piano Naxos have been chosen as Album of the week by The Independent, in March 2010 and in April 2012.

Tra has performed live for Hong Kong Radio Four and at the Shostakovich Centenary Festival at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her 2008 concerto debut in Japan at the Tokyo City Opera Concert Hall was met with great enthusiasm from the sold-out audience.  Tra premiered works of Leo Ornstein at the Kennedy Center (Millenium Stage) and her concerto performances with leading Vietnamese orchestras and conductors are frequently broadcast on Vietnam national television. Her recent Wigmore debut recital was praised by The Independent as an "exhilarating evening".

Tra's imaginative programming balances core repertoire and lesser-known music. Her interests in exploring neglected music have also led her to work with Sterling Records to produce premiere recordings of music for piano and orchestra by Joachim Raff, in collaboration with distinguished conductors like Roland Kluttig and Andrea Quinn. Her chamber music CDs with clarinettist Sabine Grofmeier released on ClassicClips and ARS Produktion were highly praised by the press. 2013/2014 will see further releases of her critically acclaimed recording series of Joachim Raff's piano music on Grand Piano (Naxos group).

Tra made her first solo performance at the Hanoi Grand Opera House when she was ten and shortly thereafter gave her first concerto performance with the Hanoi Conservatoire Orchestra, performing the Mozart concerto KV 488. In 1987, chosen by representatives from the Moscow Conservatoire, Tra furthered her studies at the Moscow Gnessin Music College and later at the Moscow Conservatoire with professor Lev Naumov. She then moved to London in 1997 for post-graduate studies with professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music where she received the Academy's highest award for her final recital.

Tra was chosen as one of "Ten most influential Youths of Vietnam" in 2002. She now lives in London, spending her free time painting and writing short stories and poems.