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An Tran

Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, An Tran is considered a “Vietnamese guitar virtuoso” by the Austin Classical Guitar. After winning the 1st prize of the Vietnam National Guitar Competition at the age of 12, the internationally acclaimed guitarist has performed throughout North America and Asia. Deeply connected to his native country of Vietnam, An is bringing the traditional music of Vietnam to international concert stages. The 2017-2018 season brought An to different parts of the world, including his Texas debut in Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth as well as his Asia tour with destinations such as Hanoi and Bangkok in Fall 2018. An is the first prize winner of 2018 New Orleans International Guitar Competition and 2018 University of Rhode Island Guitar Competition, among many others.

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Mauro Giuliani
Gran Sonata Eroica, Op. 150

Domenico Scarlatti
3 Keyboard Sonatas    
I. Sonata in G Major, K.146   
II. Sonata in A Major, K.208 
III. Sonata in D Major, K.178

William Walton
5 Bagatelles for Guitar
No. 1. Allegro
No. 2. Lento
No. 5. Con slancio

Alberto Ginastera
Guitar Sonata, Op. 47
I. Esordio
II. Scherzo
III. Canto
IV. Finale

Heitor Villa-Lobos
3 Preludes for Guitar
Prelude 1 (Homage to the Brazilian sertanejo)
Prelude 3 (Homage to Bach)
Prelude 4 (Homage to the Brazilian Indian)

Dang Ngoc Long
Beo Dat May Troi (Vietnamese Folk Song)
Rain
Central Highlands of Vietnam

Nguyen The An
Nguoi Oi Nguoi O Dung Ve (Vietnamese Folk Song)

Roland Dyens
Libra Sonatine
I. India 
II. Largo 
III. Fuoco

Bio

An Tran
 

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Praised for his “gorgeous playing” with “flawless technique” by the KnoxTNToday and considered as a “Vietnamese guitar virtuoso” by Austin Classical Guitar, guitarist An Tran has captivated audiences throughout North America and Asia. Most recent seasons brought An to different parts of the world, including recitals for Bangkok Guitar Society, Austin Classical Guitar, Toronto International Guitar Series and many more. Upcoming 2019-20 season highlight include An’s solo concert at the prestigious Segovia Classical Guitar Series in Chicago, USA in May 2020.

Deeply connected to his native country of Vietnam, the internationally acclaimed guitarist is committed to bring Vietnamese music to the international concert halls. An is working with Vietnamese composers to create new compositions for the guitar. Most recent work, Ru Con (Lullaby), was written for An by composer/guitarist Nguyễn Thế An in February 2019 (World Premiered in Toronto, March 2019). A debut album is to be released in late 2019 as well as an all-Vietnamese recording in 2020.

An has been invited to various guitar festivals to teach, perform and judge such as New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Hamilton International Guitar Festival (Canada), Lone Star Guitar Festival (Texas), among others. He has won over 13 international guitar competitions and music awards, including top prizes from Berlin International Guitar Competition, University of Rhode Island Guitar Competition and Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition, to name a few.

An Tran has studied in masterclasses with world-renowned guitarists, including Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Alvaro Pierri, Raphaella Smits, Hopkinson Smith, Marcin Dylla, Shin-Ichi Fukuda and SoloDuo.  After receiving his initial musical training at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, An completed his B.A in Music from North Park University studying with Dr. Julie Goldberg and Dr. Tom Zelle. He received his Master of Music from Yale University under the guidance of Benjamin Verdery. At Yale, An was awarded the Southeast Asia Studies Fellowship. Currently, he is a Dorothy and Carl Johnson endowed Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Northwestern University, where he studies with Anne Waller.

An Tran is an exclusive artist of Classics Alive Artists in Los Angeles, USA. An performs on guitars made by Stephan Connor in Boston, USA. Follow An on Instagram/Facebook @antranguitar. Dates and more information can be found at www.antran.org.