Gwyneth Bravo

Gwyneth Bravo, Assistant Professor of Music, NYUAD

Assistant Professor of Music Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: MA, PhD University of California, Los Angeles; MM California State University; BA University of Minnesota; Fulbright Scholar University of Hamburg

Research Areas: music, war, and politics in 20th century contexts

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 critical 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 have 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 Los Angeles Opera’s Music Director James Conlon for the Recovered Voices Program, Dr. Bravo facilitated historical research on operas by Braunfels, Krenek, Korngold, Schrecker, Shulhoff, Ullmann, and Zemlinsky as a basis for the production’s 2007 Los Angeles premiere. As a development of her research on the composer Viktor Ullmann, Dr. Bravo produced and directed Music Memory Metamorphoses a multi-media production featuring a live performance of the composer’s 1944 melodrama Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornet Christoph Rilke about the love and death of a young soldier during the 17th century Ottoman-Habsburg wars. Based on excerpts from Rainer Maria Rilke’s book of the same name, the production received support from Emmy Award-winning designer Paul Sidlo and features operatic bass Gabriel Vamvulescu and pianist Steven Vanhauwaert. Premiered and performed in the United States in 2012 and 2013, and in the United Arab Emirates in 2015, the production will be presented at cultural venues 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 Arts and Humanities Core. At NYU Abu Dhabi she directs the Cello Ensemble, which features an annual “CelloNation” concert with a guest, solo 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 principal cello teachers were Yehuda Hanani at Peabody Conservatory, as well as Janet Horvath, Tanya Remenikova, and Andrew Luchansky. She received her pedagogical training as a cello teacher at the Chicago Institute of Music and Ithaca College, and 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 and professional training in the field of education and was the founder and president of several US-based non-profit arts education organizations for children, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Cello Program and the Suzuki Music Association of Los Angeles (SMAC/LA). Having focused on music and music education as a basis for community building in school programs as well as in after-school and neighborhood contexts in Sacramento and Los Angeles, she is developing the Salaam Arts Project for the MENA region.

She holds a PhD 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).

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