Ava Nazar is a New York based pianist. Born in Iran, she has performed as soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, Columbia University, The Cell Theatre, the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival and La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, as well as Roudaki and Vahdat hall in her home country. She has been featured at Académies Internationales d’été du Grand Nancy in France, and has received a scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival under the guidance of Rita Sloan and Anne Epperson.
Among her awards in Iran are prizes in the Music Festival for Youth, the Fajr International Music Festival, the Nationwide Festival of Music Academies, and the Music Festival for University Students and the Biennial Piano Competition of New Music.
Ava has released a CD, Memoires from the conservatory, in Iran, which includes recordings of works by Oskar Rieding and Ferdinand Küchler for Violin and Piano.
Ava has had the privilege of working in master classes and receiving guidance from many distinguished artists including Jeffery Cohen, Roger Vignoles, James Alexander, J.J. Penna, Diane Richardson, Franz Helmerson, and David Finckel.
Ava received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she worked with Donn-Alexandre Feder, and received her Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School as a recipient of the Betty & Daniel Bloomfield scholarship, and the David Garvey & Shendell Scholarship under the guidance of Jonathan Feldman, Margo Garrett, Andrew Harley, and Cameron Stowe. Currently, she is working as a staff accompanist at the Juilliard School.
In addition, Ava has recently become a volunteer at the Sing for Hope, an NYC-based and artist-powered non-profit organization. Through this program, Ava brings her art to schools, hospitals, and communities in need.