Disneyland Lunar New Year Dat Nguyen
Dat Nguyen is performing on select nights at Paradise Gardens Stage during the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure. Dat Nguyen is a Vietnamese Artist who plays traditional and original compositions on classical guitar, lute, flute and melodica.
About Dat Nguyen:
"Dat Nguyen was born in 1970 in Viet Nam, blind from birth and orphaned at the age of five. He began his music studies at age eleven, playing drums, and became interested in classical music a few years later. In 1989, at the age of 18, he was introduced for the first time to the recordings of famed Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia, and an immediate enchantment with the guitar and its music led him to decide to devote his life to studying and performing on the classical guitar.
Dat and his younger sister came to the United States in 1991 under the auspices of the US government Orderly Departure Program (ODP) to relocate Amerasians, since Dat's father was an American serviceman. For the next two and a half years, Dat had little opportunity for formal study of the guitar. In 1993, still in high school, he was a prize-winning guitarist in the Disney Creativity Challenge. Later that year, he enrolled as a guitar performance major at California State University, Fullerton, under the direction of Professor David Grimes and graduated in 1999.
Dat has won many prizes and award in music contests and has built for himself a large fan base in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, primarily in Vietnamese ethnicity groups but also in mainstream communities as well. Dat played with Stevie Wonder in 2007 in Hollywood while with the rock band Bayadera.
Dat has produced three CDs under his name, each of which is a labor of love and many years of hard work. Being the consummate professional and artist that he is, Dat works so hard to produce for his fans absolutely beautiful music. Once seeing him or listening to his CDs, you will not forget him or his music."