Nadia Azzi

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Nadia Azzi
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Background information
Born (1998-08-11) August 11, 1998 (age 15)
Dunedin, Florida, USA
(American of Lebanese-Japanese origin)
Genres Classical music
Occupations Musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 2010 – present
Website nadiaazzi.com

Nadia Azzi (born August 11, 1998 in Dunedin, Florida) is an American classical pianist of Lebanese-Japanese origin. Fluent in Japanese and English, she began playing piano at age four and a half and has won many awards since then. She currently resides in New York.

Studies[edit]

Currently a pre-college student of The Juilliard School, Azzi studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky. She attends high school at the Professional Performing Arts School. She also studies during the summer at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She is on the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) listing for the most academically gifted students and she is a member of the American Mensa. She actively promotes music through numerous outreach programs and community services both in solo and chamber music performances through the New York Youth Symphony.

Career[edit]

In 2010, she made her New York City debut performing at Carnegie Hall. She later returned to Carnegie Hall for performances on two other occasions. In the summer of 2010, Azzi had her European debut at the Teatro Communale in Sterzing, Italy. She also performed in many places in Aspen, Colorado.

Her orchestral debut in June 2011 led her to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Neopolitan Chamber Orchestra in Cambridge, MA under the baton of conductor Jon Ceander Mitchell.[1] She has been a soloist with several other orchestras since then, including the Tampa Bay Symphony,[2] Northwest Indiana Symphony, and New Philharmonic. Azzi's Canadian debut was featured on Radio Canada International.[3] Nadia was featured exclusively on the "Impromptu" program on 98.7WFMT.[4]

In 2012, she made her debut at the Newport Music Festival. Also in 2012, Azzi played on NPR's From the Top radio program. She also performed as a featured soloist with the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Richey Orchestra, and Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble under distinguished conductors. In 2013 and 2014, she performed at the Junior Piano Academy Eppan in Italy, at the Bravo Niagara International Music Festival in Canada, at the 15th Youth America Grand Prix Anniversary Celebration at David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, Newport Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, in Washington, D.C. by an invitation from the Florida House on Capitol Hill and with the Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal.

Awards[edit]

  • Gold Medal at the 2010 and 2012 "Passion of Music" Festival by the American Association for the Development of the Gifted and Talented (AADGT)
  • Youngest winner of the 2010 Orfeo International Music Festival Competition in Italy.[5]
  • First prize in the Overall and the ART New Music Awards at the 2011 New Music National Young Artist Competition in Chicago, Illinois.[6]
  • Winner of the 2011 Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition.[7]
  • Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Crescendo International Music Competition.
  • First Prize Winner of the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition
  • Second Prize and Audience Prize Winner of the 2013 Thousand Islands International Chopin Piano Competition
  • First prize of the 2014 Nordmann Scholarship Competition, which gave her a full tuition merit scholarship to continue her study at Juilliard Pre-College Division

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Concerts". BNCO. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nadia Azzi". Tampa bay Symphony. Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nadia Azzi (13) on Radio Canada International". RCI. Retrieved December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Nadia Azzi, piano". WFMT. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nadia Azzi". FSMTA. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Congratulations to the 2011 Winners". New Music National Young Artist Competition. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Congratulations Nadia Azzi, Young Artist Competition Winner". Tampa Bay Symphony. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 

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