van-anh nguyen & mARK olsen
Sydney Drummer/DJ/Producer MARK OLSEN & LA based classical crossover pianist & composer VAN-ANH NGUYEN come together to create a blend of dreamy electronica with live Keys and percussion as DOUBLE TOUCH.
Ms. Nguyen is a passionate Australian-Vietnamese versatile pianist, producer and composer admidst teacher, fashionista, blogger and model. Incorporating music, fashion, lighting, DJs and her contagious personality, any concert experience with Van-Anh will leave you wanting to know more, to hear more and to feel more.
Born in Sydney to Vietnamese refugee parents, Van-Anh started learning the piano at the tender age of 15 months with both of her parents, and by the age of 4, she was accepted into the Young Artists Program for gifted & talented musicians at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. By age 9, she had obtained her Associate Diploma in Music (Australia), and at age 12, received her Licentiate Diploma in Music (Australia), making history as one of the youngest in her generation. She has given numerous media performances across all major Australian TV channels as well as on radio 2MBS-FM and the ABC since the age of 5.
Van-Anh has won several awards and prizes during her piano studies across Australia, having taken out the Kawai Piano Award (Australia) and the Audience Prize in the 13th Sommerklavierfest, Bad-Bertrich (Germany) and won the 2011 Excellence in Youth Awards for Arts & Culture, NSW.
She currently has 6 albums released on all major digital music outlets. 2016 saw her complete a successful 15-city concert tour through China performing at sold out venues such as the Forbidden City Concert Hall and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. features in L’Officiel Magazine, Elle Magazine Vietnam and Harpers Bazaar Magazine as a music icon and has hosted her own TV show on Discovery Channel Asia. Her solo classical crossover album Universal was released in January 2019.
Van-Anh's bubbly personality and emotive playing has graced the stages Australia including the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, Segerstrom Center of the Arts (California USA), Jones Hall (Houston, Texas) and many more.
She has also performed overseas in such countries as Italy, Germany, Austria, USA and Taiwan. She frequently features as soloist with the Ho Chi Minh City Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam) and the Vietnamese-American Philharmonic Orchestra (USA).
Regarded as one of the country’s finest drummers in the electronic dance scene, MARK OLSEN’s hard-hitting performances are some of the most talked about… So much so, it has seen him play with Aria Award winners Sneaky Sound System, The Potbelleez, The Martini Club, Fear of Dawn and Olsen vs LC.
Olsen has been bashing the skins at some of Australia's biggest music festivals, including Big Day Out, Field Day, Good Vibrations, and We Love Sounds. He has also performed at the MTV Music Video Awards, at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, and across many of the leading clubs in Asia.
Olsen is one half of Sydney’s electro act - Fear of Dawn. Signed to Ministry of Sound, they have begun touring extensively around Australia and Asia.