Biography

 

 
 

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.

An won 1st prize in 2018 New Orleans International Guitar Festival competition. Other top prizes and awards include:

2018 - 1st prize in the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival competition

2017 - Grand Prize in Classic Alive Young Artist Competition in Malibu, California

2016 - 1st prize in the Hamilton International Guitar Competition in Ontario, Canada

2016 - 2nd prize in the Berlin International Guitar Competition in Berlin, Germany

2015 - Yale University Southeast Asia Studies Summer Fellowship.

2013 - 39th Student Laureate Award of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

2013- 1st prize in Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition.

2013 - Winner of the Evanston Music Club Competition.

2013 - 1st prize in North Park University Performance Awards.

2013 - 1st prize in North Park University Chamber Music Competition.

2013 - Prizewinner in Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.

2010 - Vietnam’s Best Overseas Students Award.

2010 - Certificate of Merit granted by the Vice President of Vietnam.

An Tran has studied and performed in masterclasses with world-renowned guitarists, including Oscar Ghiglia, David Russell, Eliot Fisk, Alvaro Pierri, Raphaella Smits, Hopkinson Smith, Timo Korhonen, Marcin Dylla, Shin-Ichi Fukuda, SoloDuo and Marc Teicholz.

An credits his first musical inspirations to his parents, who introduced music to him when he was in his mother’s womb. An Tran started learning the guitar at the age of 8 with Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Hai Thoai. Afterward, he received his musical training at the Vietnam National Academy of Music studying with guitarist Vu Viet Cuong. An Tran received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from North Park University where he studied with Dr. Julie Goldberg and Dr. Tom Zelle. An completed his Master of Music from Yale University under the teaching of renowned guitarist/composer Benjamin Verdery. An is currently a Dorothy and Carl Johnson endowed Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Northwestern University, under the guidance of Anne Waller.

An Tran is an exclusive artist of Classics Alive Artists in Los Angeles, USA. He performs on guitars made by Stephan Connor in Boston, USA.