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An Tran, guitar

Date & Time: Friday November 18, 2022, 7:30  p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students

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Health and Safety

In accordance with health and safety guidelines from the City and County of San Francisco, a face covering is required for all concerts at Incarnation Episcopal church and must be worn at all times. Face masks must completely cover nose and mouth and have ear loops or similar to hold in place. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. Please click here for full details.



“Tran embraces his Vietnamese heritage, performing suites and traditional folk songs that are sweet in tone, warm in gesture and open in expression.”

June 21, 2020 The Chicago Tribune

Hailed by The Boston Globe for his “subtle, graceful virtuosity” and described as a “Vietnamese Guitar Virtuoso” by Austin Classical Guitar, guitarist An Tran continues to impress audiences with his innate musicality and dynamic artistry. In recent seasons, An has been invited to perform recitals at international concert stages such as the Guitar Society of Toronto’s International Artist Series, Bangkok Guitar Society, Saigon International Guitar Festival, Segovia Classical Guitar Series, New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Milwaukee Guitar Society, Latin-American International Guitar Festival, and the Knoxville Classical Guitar Society, where An was praised for his “gorgeous playing” with “flawless technique” by the KnoxTNToday.

Building on the momentum of his many successes, An signed a recording contract with Naxos Records in 2021, with a new album “Napoleon Coste: Guitar Works, Vol. 6” coming out in 2023. His debut album, entitled “Stay, My Beloved”, was included in the 2020 “Recordings ofthe Year” by Chicago Tribune and was praised by Classical Guitar Magazine as “an unforgettable journey to a world you’ve probably never been to” with “highly virtuosic passages that display what a gifted guitarist An Tran truly is”. Released on Frameworks Records (Sony Orchard) in April 2020, the album features all Vietnamese guitar music, portrays varying elements of Vietnamese traditional music and original compositions by Vietnamese composers. It was described by the Guitar Foundation of America’s Soundboard Magazine as “deeply moving music at its best” and praised for “Tran’s sense of space, touch, and mood is exquisite”.

An Tran has been featured in many radio, podcast, newspaper and television programs by Performance Today, Classical Guitar Alive!, Tonebase Podcast, Vietnam Airlines’ Heritage Magazine and Vietnam Television (VTV) among numerous others. He has won over a dozen international guitar competitions and music awards, including top prizes from Berlin International Guitar Competition, New Orleans International Guitar Competition, and Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition to name a few.

After leaving the Vietnam National Academy of Music in 2007, An Tran received his B.A in Music in 2014 from North Park University (Chicago), where he studied with Julie Goldberg and Tom Zelle. In 2019, An was presented the university’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. An received his Master of Music, along with the Southeast Asia Studies Fellowship from Yale University, studying with Benjamin Verdery. He is currently a Dorothy and Carl Johnson endowed Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Northwestern University, studying with Anne Waller. An Tran is on the faculty at Northern Illinois University, where he established the NIU International Guitar Concert Series and serves as a faculty affiliate at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. He is an Artistic Director of Chicago Artopia, a nonprofit organization with a purpose of making arts free and available for everyone in the Southwest side of Chicago. An Tran also serves as a board member of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society. An Tran is a D’Addario Artist and managed by Jean Schreiber Management. An performs on guitars made by Stephan Connor in Boston, USA. Follow An on Instagram/Facebook @antranguitar. Concert dates and more information can be found at


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