Van Ahn Ngyuen

Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni Van-Ahn Ngyuen.

Van-Anh Nguyen mixes Beethoven with Britney Spears on new album Pop Alchemy


Published: 13/05/2019 11:00am

Professional pianist and Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Van-Anh Nguyen has seen enormous success from her latest album released in January 2019: Pop Alchemy.

In June 2018, she signed a record deal with Universal Music Australia releasing under Decca Records. This resulted in three single releases and the release of Pop Alchemy .

Van-Anh describes Pop Alchemy as an album that merges the classical world with the pop world.

"I’ve dabbled with pop music for many years now and for me, I wanted to bridge the gap between classical and pop and ensure the next generation continues to listen to classical music as well as play their instruments.”

Pop Alchemy includes Van-Anh’s mash ups of Rachmaninoff’s Moment Musicaux No 4 with Destiny’s Child’s Survivor and Beethoven’s 1st movement of Moonlight Sonata with Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time.

“I know, sounds crazy but have a listen and you’ll see how it works! Alongside these mash ups are my arrangements of tunes by Kelly Clarkson, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith and Aha! to name a few.”

This trajectory is not slowing down as Van-Anh is already working on the concept for her second album with Universal Music Australia. She also performs in an electronic duo named Double Touch where they produce melodic house and tech tunes. Van-Anh splits her time fairly equally between the United States and Australia and the duo is set to play at upcoming festivals in Australia and abroad.

In the future, Van-Anh dreams of collaborating with larger-scale crossover artists and pop artists globally.

The pianist is most proud of her identity, and finds meaning in being both Australian and Vietnamese and leaving her mark on the world through music and her arrangements.

“To receive messages from people I do not know asking for sheet music of my arrangements shows that I’ve done something right and that people are wanting to play music.”