Originally born Nada Loutfi from Beirut, Lebanon, she is now is a U.S. citizen.

Having lived through the Lebanese Civil War, Pianist Nada is an experienced artist who comes from a unique background and is of Hungarian and Lebanese descent. At the age of seventeen, after just seven years of studies, she entered the Paris Conservatory and was the first woman from the Middle East to take First Prize in piano. She also earned First Prize in chamber music and, with her trio, went on to study at the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada in 1987. From 1989 to 1993 she studied with Gyorgy Sebok and also received coaching from Janos Starker, Josef Gingold and others in the Artist Diploma Program at Indiana University.

Following her American orchestral debut (Beethoven with the Louisville Orchestra, 1997), conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith said, “[Pianist Nada]…will be most deserving of every success that will undoubtedly come her way. I have rarely felt so satisfied in a collaboration … She is a major talent.

Nada’s core repertoire ranges from Mozart to Prokofiev, and in the past few years she has focused her attention on the solo and concert works of Johannes Brahms.

She has performed in prestigious halls worldwide, including the Steinway Hall in New York City, Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, Severance Hall in Cleveland and at the Salzburg Festival in Austria. In Paris and New York City, she has premiered works by Lebanese composers Bechara El Khoury and Elias Rahbani and recorded pieces by classical/jazz composer Eugene Marlow.

Nada’s most recent recordings explore the depth of poetry in Brahms’ music. These include the first recording on piano of his Organ Chorales, Op. 122 and other rarely-recorded works, alongside familiar pieces such as the Op. 39 Waltzes. Other Brahms CDs are in production on the MEII Enterprises label, and more are planned for 2019.

An excellent communicator, both in introducing the music to her audiences and in interpreting the music through her performances, “I speak music” is the motto which best describes her charismatic personality and talent to generate enthusiasm and love of classical music.

You can hear her as host and performer of her own radio series, The Classical Hour. The performances are recorded live for broadcast on WCHQ 100.9 FM and available on the net for download from anywhere in the world.

Nada is also active in her own non-profit organization.

For resume, click here.

Press

“An astounding performance, a prodigious technique…” – Courier Journal, Louisville (Kentucky)
“Nada plays with a relentless power which infuses the music..” – Oakwood Register, Dayton (Ohio)
“An inspired performance … Nada played with confidence and poise…” – Herald Times, Bloomington (Indiana)
“The Grieg A minor piano concerto under Nada’s control and interpretation at the piano…. It was like hearing it for the first time… She played with style, passion, and thunder without being excessive or sentimental…” – Louisville, Freelance writing
“Nada has the modesty of the greatest. One can no longer find the interpreter, only the music, and that reverence of a hall left absolutely breathless.” – El Nahar (Middle East and Arab world)
“….there is no doubting Nada’s resonance with Brahms’ writing: she explores the quicksilver Variations on a Hungarian Theme with aplomb, and finds dignity in the Bach/Brahms Chaconne…” – International Piano, UK
“This is a gorgeous Brahms piano program from beginning to end…the exceptional playing and artistry of Nada” – Fanfare Magazine
“Nada’s interpretation … reveals the depth of poetry in Brahms’ music, and even makes it her own, in a uniquely insightful way – she brings out nuances & subtleties that are not always encountered in this music, and all of that is due to her artistry.” – Phoenix Classical, Canada

“The Brahms CD from pianist Nada is sublime!  An understanding coming straight from the heart.  A fabulous technique at the service of the deepest human expression!  A great musician!  A great CD!” – Composer Bechara El Khoury, France, 2016

“What I find particularly persuasive and spellbinding, really, about Nada’s performance is the crystalline purity of her tone and transparency of her voicing. There’s such clarity to her playing….” – Fanfare Magazine, November 2016

“Nada is a pianist of poetic depth, great artistry and rich musical insight.  She performs with brilliant technique and gives to each work a profound interpretation.  Her Brahms is sublime, she fully inhabits these works and brings out their many subtle layers of musical beauty – a truly world class and original artist.” – Nick Peros, Phoenix Classical, July 2017

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