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 in New York. 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 twentieth and twenty-first-century European and global contexts, with a focus on nationalism, migration, and conflict. As a Fulbright scholar at the Musicological Institute of the University of Hamburg, Bravo worked with the research group Exilmusik, publishing a chapter in Lebenswege von Musikerrinen im Dritten Reich und im Exil (von Bockel Verlag)—a volume examining the impact of National Socialism, forced migration, and exile on European, women musicians during the period 1933-1945. Bravo is the author of a published biography of composer Viktor Ullmann (Orel Foundation, 2009) and co-author of the forthcoming chapter “Mortal Encounters, Immortal Rendezvous: Literary-Musical Counterpoints between Erwin Schulhoff’s Flammen and Karel Josef Beneš’s Don Juan: scénická suita” in Avant-Garde Opera in Interwar Czechoslovakia (Hollitzer- Wissenschaftsverlag, 2021). Current projects include her monograph Staging Death: Operas of Ewin Schulhoff and Viktor Ullmann from Prague to Theresienstadt (2022) and new book research, which explores the intersectionality of memory, trauma, and commemorative practices in diverse global, post-1945 symphonic and choral works, with a focus on Cambodia.
Bravo’s research has been supported by the German Fulbright Commission, the NYU Office of the Provost (CDFC) Curricular Development Challenge Fund Award (Global Creative Collaboration: Artistic Dialogue Across Borders, 2019-2020), an NYUAD Dean of Science Grant (Peace Fellow Lecture Series and Residency, 2019-2020), an NYUAD Institute Workshop Grant (as co-convener of Translucent Borders: Dance and Music in Global Dialogue, 2019), a UCLA Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship (CUTF, 2009), a UCLA President’s Fellowship (2001-2007), as well by numerous, earlier grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (Artist in Schools and Neighborhood Arts Grants). Additionally, her research has formed the basis of partnerships with diverse cultural and educational institutions in the USA, the UAE, Southeast Asia, and Europe. These include the Los Angeles Opera, the Berlin-Los Angeles Villa Aurora, REZN8, Orel Foundation, LA Opera-Opera for Educators Program, Turath Ensemble, Translucent Borders, the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC), the Abu Dhabi Department of Tourism and Culture’s Abu Dhabi Classics, the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development-Piano Center, the NYUAD Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning, and Cambodian Living Arts, among others. As an outgrowth of her work with LA Opera’s Music Director James Conlon on the 2007 Recovered Voices production, Bravo produced and directed Music-Memory-Metamorphoses—a multidisciplinary production of composer Viktor Ullmann’s 1944 melodrama Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke. Premiered at the 2012 international conference “Reimagining Erwin Schulhoff and Viktor Ullmann and the German-Jewish-Czech World,” the work was staged recently in 2018 at the Archa Theater in Prague.
Bravo was the recipient of the Ingolf Dahl Award in Musicology for her paper on Viktor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis in 2007 (Pacific Southwest and Northern California Chapters of the American Musicological Society) and has continued to present her research at international conferences—including at the American Musicological Society and the International Musicological Society—since that time. As a historical musicologist, Bravo focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to her research and teaching. Her courses are taught at NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Berlin, and NYU Prague and are offered through diverse programs, including Music, History, Film and New Media, Peace Studies, Heritage Studies, and the Humanities Core. In addition to her academic classes, Bravo draws on her professional background as a cellist—her principle teachers were Gretchen Geber, Yehuda Hanani at Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, Janet Horvath, and Tanya Remenikova—to offer group cello instruction at NYU Abu Dhabi, where she founded and directed the NYUAD Cello Ensemble from 2014-2018. With support from the NYUAD Institute and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism’s Abu Dhabi Classics, Bravo developed a series of CelloNation concerts and residencies at NYUAD which, featured the Cello Ensemble in performances with guest cellists Jamison Platte (2014), Tchaikovsky Gold Medal Winner Narek Hakhnazaryan (2015), and French cellist Yan Levionnois (2016). The NYUAD Cello Ensemble will return to the stage in 2022 with a multidisciplinary concert featuring guest cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan.
At NYUAD, Bravo serves on the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board (2019-2021), the NYU-Prague Global Faculty Advisory Committee (2017-present), and the Peace Studies Faculty Committee (2016-present). Other current engagements include her service as the Chair of the American Musicological Society Performance Committee (2020-2022; chair, 2021) as well as on the College Music Society (CMS) Presidential Task Force on Leading Change (2021-2022). Bravo is recent graduate of the International Summer School in Forced Migration from the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University.
PhD; MA; University of California Los Angeles (Musicology)
Fulbright Scholarship; Musicological Institute of the University of Hamburg, Germany
MM; California State University, Sacramento
BA, University of Minnesota
University of Oxford; International Summer School in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Center
CLAD, Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development, Bilingual-Multicultural Education Department, California State University, Sacramento, CA