Pianist Nada in Concert
Kulturzentrum, Jounieh in coordination with the American University of Beirut
Pianist Nada in Concert
Monday, March 4, 2019 | 8:00 pm | Assembly Hall, AUB
All are welcome
About Pianist Nada
Originally born Nada Loutfi, pianist Nada is an experienced artist who comes from a unique background and is of Hungarian and Lebanese descent. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon and lived through the Lebanese Civil War. 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 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 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.
Nada is a skilled 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 now a US-citizen and is active in her own non-profit organization.
D. Scarlatti Two sonatas E Major L 23 and C Major L 104
F. Couperin « les Baricades misterieuses » (6th ordre)
C. Debussy « Ondine » Prelude (2nd book)
G. Fauré Barcarolle n.3 op 42 in G flat Major
F. Chopin Waltz op 69 n.1 in A flat Major
Polonaise « Military » op 40 n.1 in A Major Fantasy op 49 in f minor
J. Brahms Six Klavierstucke op 118
Intermezzo in A minor « allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato »
Intermezzo in A Major « andante teneramente »
Ballade in G minor « allegro energico »
Intermezzo in F minor « allegretto un poco agitato »
Romanze in F Major « andante »
Intermezzo in E flat minor « andante largo e mesto »
J. Brahms Four Hungarian Dances
n.7 in F Major « allegretto vivace »
n.8 in A minor « presto »
n.9 in E minor »allegro »
n.10 in E Major « presto »
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