Nineteen-year-old Nadia Azzi discovered her passion for music at an early age. Born in Dunedin, Florida to Japanese-Lebanese parents, she began playing the piano at the age of five. She combines her versatile artistry as a soloist, chamber musician, and even as a collaborative artist.
Nadia is the recipient of top prizes in numerous competitions at the state, national, and international levels. Her most recent achievements include receiving the Clement Clark Moore Scholarship as a 2017 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Fellow, appearing on Arabs Got Talent, and receiving the Golden Buzz from Ali Jaber, MBC Group TV Director. She was also named a 2017, 2016, and 2015 National YoungArts Winner as well as the winner of the 2014 Karlfried Nordmann Memorial Scholarship Piano Competition at Juilliard Pre-College, giving her a full-tuition merit scholarship. She received the Special Award at the 2015 Ishikawa Music Academy, Gold medal at the 2014 Teen’s Talent Show on Sinovision TV, 1st prize at the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, 2nd prize and Audience Prize at the 2013 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, and Grand Prize at the 2012 Crescendo International Competition. She was also awarded the top prize in the Open Junior Early Music Category and Open Junior Piano Category at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition. Nadia became the winner of the Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition, New Music National Young Artist Competition, Orfeo International Music Festival Competition in Italy, and the Gold Medalist at the 2012 and 2010 AADGT “Passion of Music” International Music Festival.
At the age of eleven, Nadia made her New York City debut at Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall. Following engagements of note include her European debut at the Teatro Communale in Italy and her orchestral debut at age 12 with the Boston Neo-politan Orchestra under conductor Jon Ceander Mitchell. At the age of thirteen, she made her Canadian debut at the Salle Claude-Champagne in the University of Montreal as a featured pianist in the “Grand Concert de Noel” and was heard on Radio Canada International. In the same year Nadia returned to perform at Carnegie Hall and in Washington, D.C. by an invitation from the Florida House on Capitol Hill. Her most recent highlights include performances on NHK-FM Japan, FBC Japan, Fukui TV, at Yellow Barn, Aspen Music Festival, Harmony Hall Fukui in Japan, Junior Piano Academy Eppan in Italy, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts in Canada as the guest artist with Valentina Lisitsa, and David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center as a featured artist at the 15th Youth America Grand Prix Anniversary Celebration.
Nadia has been featured exclusively live on the “Impromptu” program of 98.7WFMT Chicago, one of the most active and important broadcasters of classical music in America. At age fourteen, Nadia made her Newport Music Festival debut in Rhode Island, where she was hailed by Newport Daily News as having “extraordinary finger technique for a musician so young.” She is also a featured artist of the STIM.U.LI Music Series at the New Music School of Chicago, and has appeared on NPR’s show From the Top as well as WGN-TV Chicago Midday News, NBC Channel 8, CBS 10Connects, Bay News 9, Tampa Bay Tribune, and many other mass media. At age of fifteen, Nadia has appeared on the Overtures Preconcert Chamber Music event for violinist Gil Shaham at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
She recently performed as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New Philharmonic Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College String Ensemble, Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, Beaufort Orchestra, and Richey Orchestra. She collaborated with many distinguished conductors including Maxim Eshkenazy, Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Nikolas Nägele, Sydney Hodkinson, Shih-Hung Young, Kirk Muspratt, and Fred Devyatkin.
Nadia has been collaborating with numerous instrumentalists in chamber music groups at Colburn School, The Juilliard School, Norfolk Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and New York Youth Symphony on both the violin and piano. Having begun violin lessons at age of 10, she was Concertmaster in the Florida All-County Orchestra as well as Assistant Concertmaster in the Florida All-State Orchestra prior to her relocation to New York.
Fluent in Japanese and English, her academic achievements include a bronze award in the Fukui Prefecture Japanese Calligraphy Competition, the Joseph L. Carwise Minority Student Achievement Award and Scholarship, MathMovesU Scholarship and Grant Program sponsored by Raytheon Company, Math P.R.I.D.E Award, Award of Excellence in Odysseys and Expeditions at the Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL. She is a member of American MENSA.
Nadia has performed in master classes conducted by Andrea Bonatta, Julian Martin, Inon Barnatan, Anton Nel, John O’Conor, Rebecca Penneys, Fumiko Eguchi, Soo Jung Shin, Piotr Paleczny, and Mary Sauer. Her former teachers and mentors include Kinuyo Engelbrecht, Grigorios Zamparas, and Leonidas Lipovetsky. Former and current chamber coaches include Boris Berman, Melvin Chen, Wei-Yi Yang, Seth Knopp, Jerome Lowenthal, Masao Kawasaki, Caroline Stinson, Vivian Weilerstein, Anne Epperson, Cornelia Heard, Laura Goldberg, Rita Sloan, Violaine Melançon, Espen Lilleslåtten, Rob Patterson, Molly Morkoski, and Julia Bruskin.
Nadia has graduated from the pre-college division of The Juilliard School studying under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, and currently studies with Fabio Bidini at the Colburn Conservatory of Music under a full scholarship.