Ava Nazar is a New York based pianist. Born in Iran, she has had numerous performances as soloist and chamber musician in her home country and across the United States in venues such as Merkin Hall at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, the Stony Brook University, the Cell Theatre, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Aspen Music Festival, La Peña Cultural Center in San Francisco, and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Alabama. She has been featured at Académies Internationales d'été du Grand Nancy in France, has received scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival, and will be a fellow at the Music Academy of the West this summer.
Ava is a prizewinner of several competitions in Iran including the National Youth Music Festival, the Fajr International Music Festival, the Nationwide Festival of Music Academies, the Music Festival for University Students and the Biennial Piano Competition of New Music. She 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 received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from 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. She has also had the privilege of working with many distinguished artists including Henri Barda, Jeffrey Cohen, Roger Vignoles, Rita Sloan, Anne Epperson, James Alexander, J.J. Penna, Diane Richardson, Franz Helmerson, and David Finckel.
Ava currently serves as a staff accompanist at the Juilliard School. In addition, she is a volunteer at the Sing for Hope, an NYC-based and artist-powered non-profit organization which brings art to communities in need.