Gwyneth Bravo, Assistant Professor of Music, Arts and Humanities

Gwyneth Bravo

Assistant Professor of Music, Arts and Humanities

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi



University of California, Los Angeles (M.A, Ph.D.), California State University, Sacramento (M.M.), University of Minnesota (B.A.), University of Hamburg (Fulbright Scholarship)

Dr. Bravo is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi and active as a musicologist, music educator, and cellist. Her research explores intersections between music, war, and politics in 20th century contexts with a focus on German and Czech music, opera, nationalism, exile, aesthetics, hermeneutics, media studies, and transdisciplinary approaches to music pedagogy and education. A Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Dr. Bravo worked with the University of Hamburg research group Exilmusik, publishing an article in their volume Lebenswege von Musikerrinen im Dritten Reich und im Exil. Her current book projects include a monograph on operatic works by Erwin Schulhoff and Viktor Ullmann, as well as the edited volume Music and War: Global Perspectives, which examines music and conflict within emerging transnational configurations of power after 1945.

Dr. Bravo’s research and work has served as the basis for cultural exchanges, outreach concerts, workshops, radio broadcasts, guest lectures, and partnership projects and productions with numerous cultural institutions in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, and the United States. These include Abu Dhabi Classic FM Radio, the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC), the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, the UAE Young Artists Concerto Competition (YACOCO), the Al Ain Youth Festival-Competition "Gardens of the Sheikh Zayed," TCA's Abu Dhabi Classics, the German Fulbright Commission, the German Federal Foreign Office’s Villa Aurora (Los Angeles), REZN8, the Turath Ensemble, the Orel Foundation, the UCLA Opera Program, the Los Angeles Opera’s Education Program as well as the Los Angeles Opera.

As the Research Assistant to Music Director James Conlon for LA Opera’s Recovered Voices program, Dr. Bravo facilitated historical research on operas by Braunfels, Krenek, Korngold, Schrecker, Shulhoff, Ullmann, and Zemlinsky as a basis for the development of the production’s Los Angeles premiere in 2007. As a development of her research on Viktor Ullmann, Dr. Bravo produced and directed Music Memory Metamorphoses a multi-media production featuring a live performance of the composer’s 1944 melodrama about the love and death of young soldier during the 17th century Ottoman-Habsburg wars. Based on Rilke’s book Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornet Christoph Rilke, the production received support from Emmy Award winning designer Paul Sidlo and features operatic bass Gabriel Vamvulescu and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. Premiered in the US in 2012 and in the United Arab Emirates at NYU Abu Dhabi in 2015, the production will be presented at festivals in Europe in 2018.

As Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi, Dr. Bravo focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to her research and teaching. Her courses and humanities seminars are offered in Abu Dhabi, Berlin and Prague under the auspice of diverse programs that include Music, Peace Studies, Writing, Film and New Media, and the Humanities Core. At NYU Abu Dhabi she directs the NYUAD Cello Ensemble, which features an annual concert with a guest cellist as part of a week-long residency at NYUAD. Past cellists have included Jamison Platte (2014), Tchaikovsky Gold Medal Winner Narek Hakhnazaryan (2015) and French cellist Yan Levionnois (2016). Dr. Bravo's principle cello teachers were Yehuda Hanani at Peabody Conservatory, as well as Janet Horvath, Tanya Remenikova, and Andrew Luchansky. Having received her pedagogical training as a cello teacher at the Chicago Institute of Music and Ithaca College, her students have been winners and finalists at numerous competitions, including the Kiwanis, the Los Angeles Cello Society Competition, Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, and the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Dr. Bravo has a broad background in the field of education and was the founder and president of several US-based non-profit arts organizations. Focusing on music and music education in her community engagements in Los Angeles and in Abu Dhabi, she is developing the Salaam Arts Project for the MENA region. She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2011) and is a recent graduate of the International Summer School in Forced Migration from the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University (2016).