Biography

Nancy Luzko

Pianist

Composer

Doctor of Musical Arts

Charismatic and versatile, Nancy Luzko’s music-making stems from the Contemporary Classical and embraces influences from other musical genres, including rhythms of Latin America and elements of Jazz. Her music has been performed on stages of Europe and the Americas. As a pianist, she performs classical and contemporary works, including her own music, and has given concerts both as a soloist and with orchestra, captivating audiences in countries such as Argentina, Austria, Canada, Paraguay, Poland, Spain, and the USA. She has received numerous praising reviews, among them The Washington Post wrote: “ Luzko invested the notes with honesty and integrity…”, “Ravel’s Sonatine, brisk and invigorating, stood out for the ripe phrasing and linear clarity Nancy brought to the music…”, “She made the arrangements sparkle with colorful touches… ”

Paraguayan born, Nancy Luzko began her musical studies in her homeland, and continued her education in Warsaw, Poland. She subsequently took residency in the USA, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas, a Master of Music degree from Florida International University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. Her piano teachers include Maria Teresa Luzko de Remezowsky, Ramiro Sanjines, Richard Angeletti, Kemal Gekic, and J.B. Floyd.

Among her honors are the Elliot and Capps-Rogers Awards from the University of Kansas, and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Florida International University. Her work Sonatina for piano won the first prize at the “National Contemporary Composition Competition” in Asuncion, Paraguay, and was published by the Paraguayan Vice Ministry of Culture and the French Alliance. An orchestrated version of Sonatina was subsequently premiered by the Asuncion Symphony Orchestra.

In 2002 she was declared “Illustrious Daughter of the City of Encarnacion” by the government of Paraguay; and in 2005 she was awarded “Outstanding Youth of the Year” by the Junior Chamber International. In 2006, she was chosen by the Paraguayan First Lady to perform at one of Paraguay’s most prestigious benefit concerts, the Paraguaype Festival, which raised money for social projects to help those in need. In November 2009 Nancy was awarded “Honorable Mention” at the National Music Award 2009 by the Paraguayan Congress, and the following month she was featured as one of the outstanding women of the year “”Women Who Made News in 2009″” by the newspaper ABC Color in Paraguay.
In 2010 the Junior Chamber International gave her the recognition of “Distinguished Young Leader” for her artistic achievements.

Her extensive research about the piano music of Paraguay has been compiled into the published work Annotated Bibliography of Paraguayan Music for Piano. Her album Piano Works, in which she performs her original piano solo compositions, has been released with noticeable success in 2009. Nancy’s concerts and interviews at her recent Paraguayan tour were broadcasted on radio and television, and featured in several newspapers and magazines. Nancy is also a member of the Recording Academy for the Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards.

In 2010 Nancy, in collaboration with her brother composer Daniel Luzko, composed the music for the first complete Paraguayan ballet called “Madame Lynch”, which was premiered with great success in Asuncion, Paraguay as the opening celebration of the bicentennial anniversary of Paraguay’s independence. The work was commissioned by the Municipal Ballet of Asuncion, choreographed by renown Chilean choreographer Jaime Pintos, and performed by the Paraguayan National Symphony Orchestra. Nancy’s ballet music has also been performed by the Kansas City Ballet in a series called “Dancers making Dances” in 2013. Her recent work “Waiting to Know”, commissioned by French pianist Nicolas Horvath, was performed in Paris, Kiev, Tokio, among others. Her piano piece “En el Paraná”, was performed in an orchestral and choir version in March of 2015 for the 400th anniversary of the city of Encarnacion in front of thousands of people, including the president and vice-president of Paraguay.

During the last ten years, Nancy Luzko has been a member of the music faculty at Florida International University. She also teaches piano and composition at the Miami Conservatory of Music.