Dr. Gwyneth Bravo

Cello Teacher

Gwyneth Bravo is an Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi and active as a musicologist and cellist. She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2011), and her research explores the relationship between music, politics, and philosophy in 20th-century European history and culture with a focus on nationalism, exile, and war. At NYUAD, her courses are offered in diverse programs, including in 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 has a broad background in the field of education. She was the founder and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Cello Program, later serving as the President of the Suzuki Music Association of California/Los Angeles between 2007-2009. She completed her pedagogical training as a cellist under the direction of Nancy Yamagata, Pam Devenport, Jean Dexter, and Lorraine Fink at the Colburn School of the Arts, the Chicago Institute of Music, and Ithaca College. She holds a state of California multiple-subject teaching credential in Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) with an additional specialization in music, which she earned from the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department at California State University, Sacramento. As a recipient of a Neighborhoods Arts Grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Bravo founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Cello Program, which provided after-school group and private cello lessons to students at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School for over four years.

Born in Los Angeles, Bravo began cello lessons at age twelve with Gretchen Geber. She studied with Yehuda Hanani at Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University and later with Janet Horvath, Tanya Remenikova, and Andrew Luchansky. She holds an M.M. in Cello Performance from California State University, Sacramento where she served as the cellist for the Mariposa Piano Trio, performing chamber music programs throughout the northern California region for over three years. Professionally engaged as a cellist and teacher in Los Angeles for ten years years before joining the faculty at NYU Abu Dhabi as a musicologist, her cello students have been winners and finalists in competitions such the Kiwanis, the Los Angeles Cello Society Competition, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (First Prize) and, most recently, the First Prize Winner of the 2017 United Arab Emirates Best Young Musician of the Year Award.

Professional Affiliation:
• American Musicological Society (AMS)
• Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)
• International Musicological Society (IMS)
• Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)