Luther College senior Phan named 2012-13 Presser Scholar

Phuc Phan, a Luther College senior from Hanoi, Vietnam, has been named the 2012-13 Luther College Presser Scholar for excellence in music.     

A 2009 graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, he is the son of Tam Duc and Hoa Thi Dau of Hanoi. He is majoring in music at Luther. 

As Presser Scholar, Phan will receive a $4,000 scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. The award was announced at Luther's annual homecoming concert Sunday, Oct. 7. 

Each year, an outstanding student who is majoring in music is chosen by a vote of the music faculty to be the recipient of the Presser Scholarship.

Theodore Presser, publisher of Etude music magazine and founder of the music publishing firm bearing his name, was a philanthropist who specialized in music education. The annual Luther College Presser Scholar award is funded by a monetary gift from the Presser Foundation to enhance the study and teaching of music at the undergraduate college level.

Phan attended the Hanoi National Institute of Music-Vietnam at the age of 11, studying cello under Hien Ngoc, a graduate from the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, Kiev.

In 2006 and 2007, Phan was chosen to play in the cello section of the Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Asian Youth Orchestra with which he toured and performed in various Asian countries.

In 2007, Phan was one of only five students internationally selected to receive a full Music Scholarship to attend the United World College of Adriatic, Italy. During his two years in Italy, Phan received solo instructions from Pietro Serafin, cello professor at the Trieste Tartini Conservatoire, and regular chamber music master classes from the members of Trio di Parma and Trio di Trieste. Phan was also an active member of the Adriatic String Quartet, a student-formed ensemble with which he toured and performed in various cities in Europe. 

Phan has been the principal cellist of the Luther College Symphony Orchestra for the past three years. In 2010, Phan performed the first movement of the Dvorak Cello Concerto in
b-minor with the Symphony Orchestra, as the winner of the annual concerto competition.

Phan is an active musician, involved in many faculty and student recitals with repertoire ranging from pre-Baroque period to current collaborations with several student composers on campus. 

Phan plays on a Zimmerman 1919 cello, generously loaned by the Carlsen Cello Foundation of Seattle. 

He credits both Eric Kutz, associate professor of music, and Dan Baldwin, professor of music and conductor of Symphony and Chamber orchestras, for their profound influence on his musical and personal development at Luther.