Nancy Luzko

(b. 1974, Encarnación).

Paraguayan composer, now resident in the USA, of orchestral and piano works that have been performed in the Americas and Europe; she is also active as a pianist.

Ms. Luzko studied composition with her brother Daniel Luzko and piano with her sister María Teresa Luzko de Remezowsky at the Conservatorio Josefina de Gehre in Encarnación from 1981–88 and piano with Ramiro Sanjines at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 1994. She then studied composition with Edward Mattila and piano with Richard Angeletti at the University of Kansas in Lawrence from 1995–98, where she earned her BMus with honours. She later studied composition with Fredrick Kaufman and piano with Kemal Gekić at Florida International University in University Park from 1999–2001, where she earned her MMus in piano performance, and piano with J. B. Floyd at the University of Miami, where she earned her DMA, on a scholarship.

Among her honours are the Paraguay–Kansas Partnership (1995), the Elliott Award from the University of Kansas (1998), the Capps-Rogers Award from the University of Kansas (1998), the Outstanding Student Award from Florida International University (2001), the T. A. Excellence in Teaching Award from Florida International University (2001), Primer Premio in the competition for contemporary composition in Asunción (2001, for Sonatina), the Student Travel Award from the University of Miami (2002), the GAFAC Award from the University of Miami (2002), and the title of Hija Dilecta de la Ciudad de Encarnación from the government of Encarnación (2002). Her music has been performed in Italy, Paraguay, Spain, and the USA.

As a pianist, she often plays contemporary music and has given concerts in Argentina, Austria, Canada, Paraguay, Poland, Spain, and the USA.

She served as a teaching assistant in piano at Florida International University from 1999–2001, where she has taught piano as an adjunct professor since 2001. She has given summer masterclasses and workshops at the Conservatorio Josefina de Gehre since 1999.


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Palpitaciones, 1998


Sonatina, 1997

Ángeles Nocturnos, 1999