Sep 9, 2016

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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.