Gwyneth Bravo

Assistant Professor of Music Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MA, PhD University of California, Los Angeles (Musicology); Fulbright Scholar Musicological Institute, University of Hamburg

Research Areas: Musicology; music and politics; nationalism; exile; German aesthetic theory; 20th-century German and Czech music and opera; music and commemoration; trauma studies, media studies; visual cultures; gender;


Gwyneth Bravo is an Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi and a global network faculty member at NYU. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her research examines the relationship between music, politics, and philosophy in 20th century European and global contexts, with a focus on nationalism, migration, exile, and war. A Fulbright scholar to Germany, she worked with the Exilmusik research group at the Musicological Institute of the University of Hamburg, publishing in Lebenswege von Musikerrinen im Dritten Reich und im Exil. Current projects include her monograph Staging Death: Operas of Ewin Schulhoff and Viktor Ullmann from Prague to Theresienstadt as well as research focused on exploring music, memory, trauma, and commemoration in post-1945 symphonic and choral works.

Bravo’s research has shaped collaborations with diverse international cultural and educational institutions. At Los Angeles Opera, she worked with Music Director James Conlon facilitating the development of the 2007 premiere of Recovered Voices. She is the Producer and Artistic Director of Music-Memory Metamorphoses—a multidisciplinary production of Viktor Ullmann’s 1944 melodrama Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke—which was staged most recently at the Archa Theater in Prague in 2018. Other institutions include the German Fulbright Commission, Berlin-Los Angeles Villa Aurora, REZN8, Orel Foundation, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Opera for Educators Program, Sacramento Metropolitan Art Commission, the European Rilke Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC), the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, and Cambodian Living Arts.

At NYU Abu Dhabi, Bravo focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to her research and teaching. Her courses are taught in Abu Dhabi, Berlin, and Prague and are offered in diverse programs such as Music, History, Film and New Media, Peace Studies, Heritage Studies, and the Humanities Core. As the director of the NYUAD Cello Ensemble between 2014 and 2018, Bravo developed a series of concerts and artist residencies at NYUAD which, supported by the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute and DTC’s Abu Dhabi Classics, featuring the cello ensemble in performance with guest cellists Jamison Platte (2014), Tchaikovsky Gold Medal Winner Narek Hakhnazaryan (2015), and French cellist Yan Levionnois (2016). Bravo’s principal cello teachers were Gretchen Geber, Yehuda Hanani at Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, Janet Horvath, and Tanya Remenikova, and her own students have been winners and finalists in competitions such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Artist Competition and the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. At NYUAD, Bravo serves on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board (DEIC), the NYU-Prague Global Faculty Advisory Committee, and the NYUAD Peace Studies Faculty Committee. She is a recent graduate of the International Summer School in Forced Migration from the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University.

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