Bio/Resume

Biography:

A United States citizen of Lebanese/Hungarian descent, with a French education, 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. Her family had escaped to the mountains during the beginning of the war 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, Nada was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, France, where she became the first woman from the Middle East to take First Prize.

Her early performances in Beirut, describes her as “a musician to her fingertips,” and are hailed as “a pure moment of grace that would not soon be forgotten.” Her career evolved in the US, with outreach programs in schools and concerts in intimate settings in the European salon format. She traveled with a piano on a truck, introducing classical music to rural and mountain communities, hospital patients and prison populations, through solo and ensemble performances. About her work as a pioneer, her mentor, late Master Gyorgy Sebok wrote: “a hero of the Arts.”

Nada organizes, hosts and performs in her own concert series The Classical Hour, in Louisville, KY, where she has nurtured a large following of listeners over the years.

She is a DJ every Sunday at 4pm local time on her radio program, the Classical Hour/WCHQ 100.9FM. The concerts of the Classical Hour are recorded live, available on the net, for download as well, from anywhere in the world.

Resume:

Nada has been performing regularly in recitals, with orchestras, and with chamber music ensembles and singers, from Europe, the US, and recently, Japan.

Among her performances with orchestra, she has notably performed the Beethoven Emperor Concerto with the Jupiter Symphony (NYC) and the Fairmont Symphony, the Grieg Concerto with the Philharmonia (Louisville) and the Lakeside Symphony (Ohio), the Mozart d minor and Rachmaninoff No. 2 with the Fairmont Symphony, the Mozart A Major K 488 and the Rachmaninoff No. 3 with the IU Orchestra (Indiana University), the Mozart A Major K. 414 with the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the Louisville orchestra, and the Brahms No. 1 with the Classical Hour Orchestra.

In late 2015, she performed Ravel left hand piano concerto under special circumstances. The concert was planned with Brahms No. 2 but since she had suffered an important right hand injury due to an accident, the program was changed at the last minute. This was a major event organized by several organizations in Kentucky, in support of families and victims of abuse, attended by the Secretary of State. Despite all, she went into recording two month later her latest CD, “Nada in Hamburg with Johannes Brahms,” which was received with great acclaim.

She has participated at prestigious events for the Ministry of France where she premiered “Waves,” written for her by the great Franco/ Lebanese composer Bechara El Khoury, as well as for the President of the United States of America where she played selections from her newly released first recording of Brahms.

She has served as Artist in Residence at Fairmont University and Bellarmine College (Louisville). She is well known for her very informative concert/lecture and recently has been invited by Pikeville University. Early on, she had given lecture/ performances of the Tchaikowsky piano concerto and the Bartok No. 2 while still residing as an assistant professor at IU. (Indiana University)

Recently, at her Classical Hour concerts in Louisville, she has featured all transcendental etudes by Franz Liszt as well as several Chamber Music works for diverse formations including the rarely performed Dohnanyi Sextet with horn, clarinet, violin, viola and cello.

Nada has also directed a concert series in New York City, where she premiered Lebanese composer Elias Rahbani and recorded her own arrangements of modern/jazz composer Eugene Marlow. Her first CD features the rarely performed sonata by Paul Dukas and the Fantasy pieces Op. 116 by Johannes Brahms, released in 1997, Brahms centennial death anniversary.

She is recording now for the label MEII Enterprises in NYC and her latest CD dedicated to some lesser familiar works by Brahms, “Nada in Hamburg with Johannes Brahms,” released in 2016, has been very well received by the international public and press;

“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

“….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