There is something special about Pianist Nada. The unusual path on which life has taken her has also made her into an extraordinary human being. When she performs, her music seems to come alive in such a way that few performers ever dare to reach. It is like time and reality do not matter, only music.

She has performed internationally from concert halls of Salle Gaveau in Paris, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, Auditorium de Radio-France, Assembly Hall ( AUB), and venues such as Louisville orchestra, Lakeside Symphony, Lebanese National Philharmonic, Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Arts Institute, Eastman School of Music, Salzburg Festival, Montpellier Festival to educational and pioneering venues, schools, hospitals and prisons. “My passion  has defined me as a communicative performer with a unique musical personality. Music is my first language and I have a deep love for it”.

Concert artist, educator, passionate communicator who strives to bring her love of music to audiences throughout the world, “I speak music” is the motto which best describes her charismatic personality and talent to generate enthusiasm and love of classical music.

Nada With Veil

Radio Voice

She has been a host and performer of her own radio series, The Classical Hour. She acted as the curator of the programs, which she frequently designed to have themes in order to make them more accessible to a wide variety of listeners. The performances were recorded live for broadcast on WCHQ 100.9 FM and made available on the net for download from anywhere in the world. She has nurtured a large following of listeners over the years on a radio station basically dedicated to local and popular music. She is currently a regular performer on the Groupmuse platform.

Biography

A United states citizen of Lebanese/Hungarian descent, with a French education, Pianist Nada is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. Her piano training was hampered by the unrelenting civil war and terrorism which also cost her mother’s life in a mortar explosion in her own home in Beirut. (Pianist’s concert honors mother killed in war, March 25, 2016 The Courier Journal)

Her family escaped to the mountains where Nada was mainly self-taught with a few books of music – the Bach inventions and the Chopin Waltzes and Polonaises-. After only seven years of playing the piano, she was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, France, where she became the first woman from the Middle-East to take First Prize.

 Several years later, after much concertizing ,  she came for advanced studies to Banff Center in Canada and to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, USA. 

Since then, she has created a career with tremendous depth and breadth. Her insightful readings and unique approach to the major music repertoire frequently reminds audiences and critics of the legendary pianists Gina Bachauer and Clara Haskil. And more recently, she has been described as “a music personality of this century, such as a Glenn Gould” .

Her repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary, although her most recent focus has been on the piano works of Johannes Brahms. She is one a the very few to have recorded all of Brahms Piano solo works. Her recordings and performances of his music have received excellent reviews, awards, and responses from all over the world. 
“Nada ‘s  profound understanding of Brahms and her sensitivity to his work….she invited the listener to engage in a musical dialogue with Brahms” (Article: Brahms Museum studies, Hamburg, Germany, 2020 )
“This three disc collection is the one that sets her seal on her place in the Pantheon of Great Brahms interpreters” (Article: Fanfare Magazine, September 2021)

Outreach/Engaging Audiences

About her work as a pioneer, she was hailed “a hero of the Arts” by distinguished IU professor, György Sebők.  She traveled with a piano on a truck, introducing classical music to rural communities, hospital patients and prison populations.

She works with several local organizations including her own non-profit, Sundays Love Music.

“I founded a non-profit organization to promote the Arts in my community. There is nothing more vital to me than to perform for others and share my love of music.”
Sundays Love Music For Everyone, Inc is committed to broadening the audience of classical music while bringing an excitement for the classical composers and how they have influenced us in so many ways.
“When Nada plays the piano, it’s like it is only her plus the piano in the room”
“Every note means something, she is breathtaking”
“The overall performance was amazing”
– Students from Pikeville University