Senior Thesis Performance
About the Artist:
John Nydam (b.1997) was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He moved back to the US when he was three years old and started studying piano when he was four years old. He moved to the Boston area when he was 14 and attended the Rivers School and The Rivers School Conservatory during his high school years. He now attends Princeton University, where he is majoring in music with a minor in jazz studies.
Over the past few years, John has performed in various high school jazz festivals, including the Berklee Jazz Festival, the Charles Mingus Festival, and the MAJE (Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education) Festival. In 2014, John was selected to be the pianist for the Massachusetts All - State Jazz Ensemble and then later selected to be the pianist for the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All - National Jazz Ensemble that same year. He has also performed with the New England Conservatory Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Dr. Anthony Branker), and various other small groups. John has worked with various jazz artists, including Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kris Davis, Kamau Kenyatta, Shelly Berg, Jim Ridl, Alexei Tsiganov, Philippe Crettien, Sean Farias, and Mike Connors.
In addition to performing jazz, John has also been recognized for his work in music composition. In 2014, he was selected to be one of 12 composers recognized at the inaugural MATA Jr. composition competition. He was also recognized as the winner of the Bass School of Music Oklahoma City University Electronic Music Composition Competition and the 2017 NAfME Collegiate/Graduate level Electronic Music Composition Competition. Just recently, John was recognized as a finalist in the 2018 American Prize in Composition for instrumental chamber music (student division).
In addition to piano, John also plays the clarinet, saxophone, and guitar.