Judy Tran is a Los Angeles-based pianist, vocalist, and composer. Judy began forming her craft as a high school student at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) where she doubled as a piano and voice major. There, she joined the Full Circle Opera Project, run by the innovative director Stephanie Vlahos, in which she proceeded to both act as repetiteur and sing in opera productions. Judy performed as characters who would both sing and play, often functioning as both soloist and orchestra within one production. Judy also studied both classical and jazz composition and orchestration with Alan Mautner, Jason Goldman, and Kenny Dennis. After studying at LACHSA, Judy went on to study piano performance with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and later graduated from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as a vocal performance major under the tutelage of Vladimir Chernov. From there, she proceeded to again both sing and act as repetiteur for the Verdi Chorus, led by Anne Marie Ketchum de la Vega, and to serve as repetiteur for other productions in the area. She also accepted a position as Youth Music Director at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, where she directed a contemporary ensemble, and for five years composed a new Mass every church season During this time, due to St. Bede’s partnership with the Diocese of Wa in Ghana, Africa, she began working with composer and gyil-player Fr. Greg Donkore and continues to explore and incorporate classical and folk music from his region into her composition.
Judy regularly engages in artistic endeavors overseas, including singing in AMA’s PianoFest Austria 2013 with the Vienna International Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Robert Lehrbaumer, where she performed operatic arias in the original plot location of Der Rosenkavalier, Palais Auersperg, and sacred arias of Mozart in Vienna’s majestic cathedral, Stephansdom. In 2014, Judy completed coursework at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, which included technical and theatrical training, and private study under Regina Köblar. During that time, she also performed in the Grand Casino Baden and Schönbrunn Schlosstheater, appearing as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. In 2015, Judy participated in the Prague Chamber Music Festival in the Czech Republic, performing chamber works by Brahms and Dvo?ak, and having the great honor of presenting three pieces by Viktor Ullmann in the festival’s memorial concert for composers of Prague who perished in the concentration camps of World War II. During the summer of 2016, Judy performed a piano solo program in both the Count Mussin/Pushkin Palace and the historical apartment of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg, Russia. There in St. Petersburg, Judy also studied with Dr. Robert Ward of Occidental College and Cal Tech, Pavel Eliashevich of Herzen University in St. Petersburg, and Pavel Egorov of the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. After the concert in the Count Mussin/Pushkin Palace, Professor Eliashevich commented that Judy plays with “extreme depth of emotion, yet perfect control, and a profound understanding of the music.” Later that fall, Judy won first place in the L.A. Liszt International Competition Division X, and she continues to concertize programs of Liszt’s vocal and piano works. In 2017, Judy returned to Vienna and to Bratislava to perform coincidentally the vocal and piano concertino parts of Mozart’s “Ch’io mi scordi di te” with the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, and to serve as staff accompanist for Concerto Fest Europa.
Judy privately teaches both piano and voice as an active member of the MTAC Pasadena Branch. She primarily composes for her piano duo that she partners in with her colleague, Zachary Erickson. Judy is also a homeschooling mother of two children and maintains an ABA Certification for teaching children with autism.