Giselle Nguyen is New York piano competition finalist

Cornell College sophomore Huong “Giselle” Nguyen ’20 is a finalist in the 2018 New York Piano Festival and Competition.

Giselle Nguyen '20
Giselle Nguyen ’20

The pianist will perform in New York City on June 24 in hopes of becoming one of six winners in her age category. Winners receive cash prizes and perform at Carnegie Hall on June 26.

Nguyen, from Hanoi, Vietnam, majors in piano performance at Cornell and studies piano with Professor of Music and L.L. Hamline Professor of Liberal Arts James Martin.

“I am very excited to be chosen as a finalist. Dr. Martin and I have been working hard on the piano pieces.” Nguyen said. “I’d love to say thanks to my parents, Dr. Martin, and my other music professors for always encouraging and supporting me. I also want to thank everyone on campus who has been kind and helpful to me. I feel blessed to be a Cornellian.”

Recent winners in the competition have come from all over the world, including China, Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, Italy, Serbia, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Mexico, New York City, and Chicago.

First-round applications were based on videos of performances in three categories: J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Beethoven sonata movement, and Chopin etude. Giselle’s repertoire on June 24 is Ballade #2 in F Major by Chopin, “Valses nobles et sentimentales” by Ravel, and “Trong Com” by Dang Huu Phuc.

UPDATE: Nguyen won the prize for Best Performance of the National Heritage Selection on June 24 for her performance of “Trang Com” by Dang Huu Phuc.