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Described by Michael Kieran Harvey (concert pianist and composer) as ‘a true talent...she will be a great hit wherever she goes’, Van-Anh Nguyen is a passionate 25 year old Vietnamese-Australian pianist and producer.
Born in Sydney, 1987 to Vietnamese refugee parents, Van-Anh started learning the piano at the tender and astounding age of 15 months with both of her parents (of whom are both professional musicians). By the age of 4, she was accepted into the Young Artists Program for gifted & talented musicians at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. By the age of 9, she had obtained her Associate Diploma in Music (Australia), and at aged 12, received her Licentiate Diploma in Music (Australia), making history as one of the youngest in her generation. She has given numerous media performances including on Channel 9’s Kerry Anne Kennedy Show and Channel 7’s The Witness Program. Since the age of 5, she has given live radio performances on 2MBS-FM and the ABC.
She has won several awards and prizes during her piano studies across Australia, having taken out the Kawai Piano Award (Australia) and the Audience Prize in the 13th Sommerklavierfest, Bad-Bertrich (Germany).
‘Anyone can read the music and give a perfect performance of a piece if they practice hard enough however for me, it is much more than that. I will tell a story with every piece I play, pulling at every emotion and mood created through each note in the piece’, says Van-Anh.
Her bubbly personality and emotive playing has graced the stages of Sydney. Van-Anh continues to give extensive concerts around Sydney as well as along the east coast of Australia at events such as the Mostly Mozart Series, World Youth Day 2008, the Chinese Chamber Music Festival and various charity events.
She has also performed overseas in such countries as Germany, Austria, USA and Taiwan. In November 2005, she made her solo debut in Vietnam with the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra. Continuing on in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Van-Anh gave concerts once again in Ho Chi Minh City, sponsored by the Australian Embassy.
Van-Anh Nguyen has been described as a versatile performer, having a strong passion for chamber music. She is an active member of the Tiempo de Tango Quartet, the Testore Trio and has collaborated with The Revelations Ensemble and Orava Quartet.
Other than performing, Van-Anh’s passion extends into writing, having graduated with a Bachelor of Media (Writing) degree. She has written for ABC Limelight Magazine and continues her writing for 2MBS-FM’s Fine Music Magazine. However through her passion and love for spreading music to youths and audiences, Van-Anh dropped her second Bachelor Degree in Law to return to music and obtain a Graduate Diploma at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Her goal as a pianist is to ensure that the classical genre continues to be appreciated by the younger generation of today by making it more accessible not only as a genre but also revolutionise the concert experience by creating an interaction between herself and her audience. Since May 2008, she has been appointed as Ambassador of Heart Reach Australia.
2012 sees releases of 2 CDs for Van-Anh as well as a concert series in Sydney alongside concert engagements across Europe, Asia and North America.