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, won a BMI Student Composer Award. Nam was awarded 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. Her works have been selected for performances through the Lyra Society’s 7th Annual Costello Competition for Composition, the McGill University Composer-in-Residence program, and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Young Composer’s Forum.
Also active as a harpist, Nam has appeared as a soloist with the VAlso 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.
She 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 with David Liptak, Robert Morris, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.