Hailed by music critics as having “extraordinary finger technique for a musician so young”, fifteen-year old Nadia Azzi is the recipient of numerous top prizes at national and international levels.
Born in Dunedin, Florida to Lebanese-Japanese parents, Ms. Azzi began playing the piano at the age of five. Her notable prizes include the 1st place in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, both 2nd prize and Audience Prize at 2013 Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, the Grand Prize in the 2012 Crescendo International Music Competition, Open Junior Piano Category (2012) and Early Music Category (2011) at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, 2012 Tampa Bay Symphony Young Artist Competition, 2011 New Music National Young Artist Competition, 2010 Orfeo International Music Competition in Italy, and 2012 and 2010 AADGT International Music Festival.
Ms. Azzi made her debut at Carnegie Hall at age eleven. Recent engagements of note include her third performance at Carnegie Hall, appearance on the NPR’s From the Top Radio Program as well as on WGN-TV Chicago Midday News, her European debut in Vipiteno, Italy, and her orchestral debut with the Boston Neo-politan Orchestra at age twelve. She also made her Canadian debut and was heard on Radio Canada International. Highlights from 2012 and 2013 include her return to Carnegie Hall, performances at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, at the Aspen Music Festival, in Washington, D.C. by an invitation from the Florida House on Capitol Hill, and as featured soloist with the New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Richey Orchestra.
Ms. Azzi was featured exclusively live on the “Impromptu” program of 98.7WFMT Chicago as well as in the STIM.U.LI Music Series at the New Music School of Chicago. In the summer of 2013, Ms. Azzi has appeared Overtures Preconcert Chamber Music event for violinist Gil Shaham at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Fluent in Japanese and English, Ms. Azzi was one of the Duke TIP’s most academically gifted students and is a member of American MENSA. Ms. Azzi actively promotes music through numerous outreach programs and community services both in solo and chamber group performances through New York Youth Symphony. Ms. Azzi is currently a student at the pre-college division of The Juilliard School studying under Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky.