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 and research focusing on music, trauma, and commemoration in post-1945 symphonic and choral works.

At Los Angeles Opera working with Music Director James Conlon, Bravo facilitated the development of the Recovered Voices Program, featuring operatic works by Braunfels, Křenek, Korngold, Schrecker, Schulhoff, Ullmann, and Zemlinsky for the 2007 Los Angeles premiere. 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 has been staged internationally, including at the Archa Theater in Prague in 2018. Bravo’s research has served as the basis for lectures, radio broadcasts, concerts, and partnerships with diverse international cultural and educational institutions. These include the German Fulbright Commission, Berlin-Los Angeles Villa Aurora, REZN8, Orel Foundation, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Opera for Educators Program, Archa Theater, the European Rilke Foundation, the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC), the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development, DTC’s Abu Dhabi Classics, and Cambodian Living Arts.

At NYU Abu Dhabi, Bravo focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to her research and teaching. Her courses have been taught in Abu Dhabi, Berlin, and Prague and are offered in diverse programs, including Music, History, Film and New Media, Peace Studies, Heritage Studies, and the Humanities Core.  She is the founder and director of the NYUAD Cello Ensemble and has facilitated concerts and guest residencies at NYUAD in partnership with the NYUAD Institute and Abu Dhabi Classics with cellists Jamison Platte (2014), Tchaikovsky Gold Medal Winner Narek Hakhnazaryan (2015), and French cellist Yan Levionnois (2016). Bravo’s principle cello teachers were Yehuda Hanani at Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University and later Janet Horvath and Tanya Remenikova. Her students have been winners and finalists in competitions such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the 2017 United Arab Emirates Best Young Musician of the Year Award (First Prize).  She is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford International Summer School in Forced Migration at the Refugee Studies Center (2016)

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