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An Tran is an internationally acclaimed Vietnamese Classical Guitarist and winner of over 13 international competitions and awards. Based in Chicago, USA, An has been praised for his “gorgeous playing” and “flawless technique” by the KnoxTNToday, and received many accolades for his dynamic artistry including being hailed as a “Vietnamese guitar virtuoso” by Austin Classical Guitar. Crafting his signature style which merges world cultures with Vietnamese classical music, he was invited to teach, perform, and judge at various festivals including the Milwaukee Latino Arts Guitar Festival, Latin-American International Guitar Festival, New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Hamilton International Guitar Festival (Canada), and Lone Star Guitar Festival (Texas), to name a few.
Building on the momentum of his many successes, An collaborated with Vietnamese composers Nguyen The-An and Dang Ngoc Long for his latest 7-track solo album entitled “Stay, My Beloved”, which was described by Classical Guitar Magazine as “to make the year-end Top Ten list of my favorite classical guitar albums of the year”. Released on Frameworks Records in 2020, the album portrays varying elements of traditional instruments expressed by An’s virtuosic guitar playing. Taking listeners on an emotional journey through the rich soundscapes of Vietnam, An is set to grace the stages in Germany, France and Spain on his upcoming European CD release tour.
An has captivated audiences throughout North America and Asia in concerts such as those for the Bangkok Guitar Society and the Toronto International Guitar Series and he will be performing at the prestigious Segovia Classical Guitar Series in Chicago. He has won international guitar competitions in Berlin, New Orleans, Rhode Island, and the Society of American Musicians in Chicago, among many others. Gaining inspiration from the interconnectedness of music, cultures, and peoples, An has developed and refined his skills and technique for over two decades and has studied in masterclasses with many 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 and he 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 B.A in Music and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from North Park University, studying with Julie Goldberg and Tom Zelle and his Master of Music along with the Southeast Asia Studies Fellowship from Yale University, studying with Benjamin Verdery. Currently a Dorothy and Carl Johnson endowed Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Northwestern University studying with Anne Waller, An continues to transcend boundaries with his music.