Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni Van-Ahn Ngyuen.
Hot off the No.1 spot on the iTunes Classical Music charts, Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni and now esteemed pianist, Van-Anh Nguyen recently announced to fans she would be releasing a new EP ‘Memoirs of a Nocturne’ on 21 April 2017.
Sydney Eisteddfod recently caught up with Van-Anh, who now splits her time between Australia and the US, to discuss her career successes and the exciting projects she has been working on.
“This is classical meets electronica EP where it alludes to my two favourite genres, classical (piano specifically) and electronica” explained Van-Anh.
“There are vignettes of classical piano repertoire throughout the three songs mixed with electronic production and beats, very similar to the great ambient songwriters of our time such as Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm”.
In addition to working on the new EP, she has also been busy establishing a new record label with entrepreneur, music producer & DJ Mark Olsen. Van-Anh describes ‘Nook Records’ as “an organic process”.
“With the internet today, we are able to self-promote and release everything ourselves, so we decided why not create our own record label” said Van-Anh.
“I have been working alongside Mark Olsen for the last year and a half so it was a unanimous decision to create the record label”.
Since she now calls the US home, it may not be easy to catch Van-Anh performing her new music, however she hinted she might be doing a live album launch at the end of June in Sydney.
When reflecting on her days competing in Sydney Eisteddfod, Van-Anh revealed that having the opportunity to perform on stage from a young age helped her build “thick skin”.
Her advice to those that are considering taking part in Sydney Eisteddfod is that, “competitions can be daunting but as long as you treat it as a performance, make a lot of friends along the way (which I did, I remember Sydney Eisteddfod being equally a social event for me and my competitor friends), it’ll be the best experience!"
“You have nothing to lose and don’t ever go into the competition thinking it’s a competition; think of it as a platform to perform and get some constructive criticism from the adjudicators. The best way to be a top-notch performer is not by sitting continually in a practice room but performing as much as possible too”.
Between 1999 and 2004, Van-Anh shined on the Sydney Eisteddfod stages, most notably being selected twice as a finalist in The John Allison & Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Scholarship. She also won a number of first place prizes in events such as Recital Award (15-18 years), 18th Century Piano (16/u) and 20th Century Piano (14/u).
Sydney Eisteddfod is incredibly proud of everything Van-Anh has achieved so far in her career and cannot wait to see her continue to go from strength to strength. There is no doubt that the new EP will be a great success!