Gwyneth Bravo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Musicology
Gwyneth Bravo is Assistant Professor of Musicology at New York University in Abu Dhabi and is active as a musicologist, music educator, cellist, and teacher. A recipient of grants for her work in arts education, she has been the director of several non-profit music organizations. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, where she was a recipient of a President's Fellowship and a winner of the 2009 Collegium of University Teaching Fellowship (CUTF) for her seminar Music and War. A Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Gwyneth worked and published with the research group Exilmusik at the University of Hamburg. Her work in the field of musicology explores the intersection between music, politics, and war across a wide range of historical and cultural contexts. Her forthcoming, edited volume, Music of War: Global and Transnational Perspectives, examines the relationship between music and war within emerging transnational configurations of power after 1945. As the Visual Research Assistant to Music Director James Conlon for the Los Angeles Opera’s 2007 Recovered Voices project, she was instrumental in developing the slide installations that accompanied the program’s premiere. Recently, she produced and directed MUSIC MEMORY METAMORPHOSIS, a multi-media production featuring a live performance of composer Viktor Ullmann's 1944 melodrama The Lay of Love and Death of the Cornet Christopher Rilke against a cinematic backdrop. Created in collaboration with REZN8 ‘s Paul Sidlo, the production was presented at an international conference at Arizona State University in 2012 and received its Los Angeles premiere at the Villa Aurora in 2013. Gwyneth is active as lecturer on twentieth century operatic topics and has been a presenter for the Los Angeles Opera’s Opera for Educators Program as well as for the Opera Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. The winner of 2007 Ingolf Dahl Competition for her paper presented at a regional meeting of the American Musicological Society, she moderated the international panel Music and War at the 2012 joint conference of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Society for Music Theory in New Orleans.
Gwyneth has a broad background in the field of education and holds a state of California Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) credential with an additional specialization in music, which she earned from the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department (BMED) Department at California State University, Sacramento in 2001. Influenced by the educational philosophy of Paulo Freire, the pedagogical approach of Shinichi Suzuki, and the principles of Waldorf education, Gwyneth worked as a bilingual English/Spanish and ESL teacher in Sacramento public schools. A recipient of numerous Artists in Schools Grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Gwyneth taught literacy through poetry in inner city schools for two years and also established the Martin Luther King Jr. Cello Program with a Neighborhoods Art Grant from the commission in 1998. Founded as a non-profit organization, this after-school music program provided group and private cello lessons to students at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and from surrounding communities for over four years and was featured on the television program Good Day Sacramento.
Gwyneth began her cello studies in Los Angeles with Gretchen Geber at the age of twelve. She studied with Yehuda Hanani at Peabody Conservatory and later with Janet Horvath and Tanya Remenikova in Minneapolis where she earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Minnesota. While working in Japan for NHK Spring Co. Ltd, she studied Japanese taiko and shinobue music and performed with the drum group Nippatsu Taiko. Gwyneth holds an M.M. in Cello from California State University, Sacramento where she was a student of Andrew Luchansky and worked as the cello instructor for the Community Music Division of the university. She completed her pedagogical training as a cello teacher under the direction of Pam Devenport, Jean Dexter, and Nancy Yamagata at the Chicago Institute of Music and at Ithaca College between 2002 and 2007. Active a cello teacher and music educator in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2013, Gwyneth was on the board of the Suzuki Music Association of California/Los Angeles for five years, serving as its president from 2007-2009. Her cello students have been winners and finalists in competitions such as the Kiwanis, the Los Angeles Cello Society Competition, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Artist Competition and have performed with orchestras throughout the Los Angeles area. On the faculty of the SO-LA Music Academy from 2010 to 2012, she served as the cello teacher and pedagogical mentor for the cello program at the St. Anne School, which provides music lessons for children from underprivileged communities throughout Los Angeles. The program will be included as a segment in the forthcoming PBS documentary Arts and the Mind.
Gwyneth is a member of the American Musicological Society (AMS), the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the International Musicological Society (IMS), UNESCO’s International Society for Music Education (ISME), the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA), the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), the Suzuki Music Association of California/Los Angeles (SMAC/LA).