British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen made her debut appearance with the Hanoi Conservatory Orchestra performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488. She has since appeared at venues worldwide, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Hong Kong City Hall Recital Hall and Ho Chi Minh City Opera House.
Her imaginative and acclaimed programming balances core repertoire with lesser-known works, with her recent concert repertoire exploring Schubert’s complete piano sonatas, Liszt’s Grandes études, S.137 and a large number of piano concertos. Her discography, which has received airplay on major classical music radio networks around the world, also includes many world première recordings of neglected pieces. Her series of recordings of Raff’s piano music, released on Grand Piano, has garnered wide critical acclaim, and was named ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent. She is currently working with British-French-Israeli composer Nimrod Borenstein on solo recordings and performances of his works. Nguyen has also given live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Hong Kong Radio 4 and Vietnam Television.
As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with baritone Benjamin Appl and clarinettist Sabine Grofmeier. Nguyen studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received the highest award for her final recital. She was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013.
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