HÀ NỘI — Composer and opera singer Teresa Mai won the Grammy award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album on Sunday (local time) in Las Vegas.
Mai is the first Vietnamese-American singer ever to win a Grammy award. She sang with Hila Plitmann on the album “Mythologies” by composer Danaë Vlasse.
She beat famous singers in the classical music community such as Will Liverman, Joyce Dionato, Jamie Barton and Laura Strickling to take the statue.
Born in Montclair City, California, to Vietnamese parents, her birth name is Mai Xuân Loan.
She graduated from the Bob Cole Music Conservatory at California State University before earning her master’s degree in Music in Vocal Performance at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Massachusetts.
She also spent two years sharpening her soprano voice in Venice, Italy. Mai was raised in Manhattan Beach and currently resides in Marina del Rey.
The singer often performs with her husband, guitarist Hải Nguyễn. A yoga master gave her the spiritual name “Sangeeta Kaur” in 2009, which means “Princess of Music and Harmony.”
Mai, who also teaches yoga, produced “Niguma: The Mantra Project,” an opera which incorporates song, dance, and yoga mantras.
She has composed and performed in many cities worldwide and won over 30 prestigious music awards.
Mai’s albums include “Niguma,” “Ascension,” “Mirrors,” “Compassion” and “Illuminance.”
Although born and bred in the US, Mai speaks Vietnamese fluently.
She has travelled to Việt Nam in the past and recently expressed her hope of returning. —VNS