Brendan Nguyen

  • Location: San Diego, United States of America
  • Instrument/Speciality: Piano

Brendan Nguyen is an award-winning concert pianist who displays uncommon versatility as a performer, artist, and producer. His bold programming style, infusion of technology, and ambitiously produced concert concepts aim to explore new musical territory while casting a contemporary eye on the established canon. 

Brendan has over 20 years of teaching experience in private and classroom settings. He has taught many award-winning pianists who have gone on to study at top music schools and conservatories, and continues to teach students of all skill levels.

As a stalwart interpreter of contemporary music, Brendan has performed at concert halls and series across North America and Europe, including the REDCAT Theater at the Disney Hall, Zipper Hall, Merkin Hall, Bachzaal, The Stone, Monday Evening Concert Series, Festival Musica Sacra Maastricht, wasteLAnd Concert Series, Shandelee International Festival of Music, Bowdoin International Festival, and the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Brendan has recorded with Carrier Records, Populist Records, and has worked closely with composers such as George Crumb, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Lewis Nielson. He has also performed world and regional premieres of works by Wojtek Blecharz, Aaron Helgeson, Beat Furrer, Carolyn Chen, Nicholas Deyoe, Clint McCallum, Josiah Oberholtzer, Katherina Rosenberger, and Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Reynolds. 

Brendan has also performed alongside the world’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music. Among these figures are Steven Schick (percussion), Aleck Karis (piano), Alice Teyssier (flute/soprano), Jonathan Hepfer (percussion), and Leslie Leytham (mezzo-soprano). He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BMus) and UC San Diego (MA, DMA).

Brendan is also an adjudicator, music director, associate instructor at the San Diego Piano Academy, and is Co-Artistic Director of the multi-disciplinary concert series Project [BLANK].


90 minute lesson

If you're playing a larger work (20+ minutes) or preparing many pieces for a recital, this is your best option.

Our goal will be to comprehensively cover things such as:

  • Technical Mastery
  • Interpretation
  • Practice TechniqueRead More
  • USD $ 150.00
  • 90 mins

60 minute Lesson

Get feedback on your repertoire to get you playing your best. 

Our goal will be to comprehensively cover things such as:

  • Technical Mastery
  • Interpretation
  • Practice Technique
  • Navigating difficult passages
  • Preparing... Read More
  • USD $ 120.00
  • 60 mins

Free Consultation

It is important to me that we get a chance to talk and get to know one another before proceeding. This will help me advise you on how best to utilize my expertise.

As well, such a meeting will give me an idea of who you are, how you learn, and your g... Read More

  • USD $ 0.00
  • 30 mins

Specialty Lesson in Advanced Contemporary Music

Lesson to cover topics specific to the challenges of modern music.

I can help you master advanced musical topics such as:

  • Complex Meters and Rhythms
  • Extended Techniques
  • Unconventional Notation
  • Prepared Piano
  • Durational... Read More
  • USD $ 150.00
  • 60 mins