Minneapolis-based composer and harpist Amy Nam (née Thompson) writes and performs music characterized by her sense of optimism and interest in unconventional timbres and structures. In 2018 her work Somewhere to Elsewhere, for harp and ensemble, was selected out of nearly 700 entries to win a BMI Student Composer Award. In 2020, she won the Lyra Society’s 7th Annual Costello Competition for Composition. Nam received the Eastman School of Music’s Belle S. Gitelman Award for her work Pseudosphere for two pianos and two percussionists, as well as the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize for her work Unfamiliar Spaces. Most recently, Nam received funding through Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning program to write and perform a work for herself and the Rochester, NY-based ensemble fivebyfive.
Also active as a harpist, Nam has appeared as a soloist with the Vanderbilt University Orchestra, when she won the university-wide concerto competition as a first-year student, and the McGill Contemporary Ensemble.
Nam holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with first honors as the Blair School of Music’s Founder’s Medalist, McGill University, where she studied harp with Jennifer Swartz and composition with John Rea, and the Eastman School of Music, where she studied composition with David Liptak, Robert Morris, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. www.amynam.com