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 she won a BMI Student Composer Award for her work Somewhere to Elsewhere for harp and ensemble. In 2019 Nam was awarded the Eastman School of Music’s Belle S. Gitelman Award for her work Pseudosphere for two pianos and two percussionists. Her works have been selected for performances through the McGill University Composer-in-Residence program and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival Young Composer’s Forum. Recently, Nam won the Lyra Society’s 7th Annual Costello Competition for Composition.
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 a Master’s degree from McGill University, where she studied composition with John Rea, and a Bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, where she graduated with first honors as the Blair School of Music’s Founder’s Medalist. She has also studied at the European American Music Alliance-Nadia Boulanger Institute. Currently, Nam studies composition with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon at the Eastman School of Music.