Brahms’ instrument was the piano. He wrote a major part of his compositions for the piano: solo works, chamber music and concertos. For some reason, Brahms’s first few works were for solo piano. (the 3 sonatas (Op 1, 2 and 5), the Scherzo op 4 and the 4 Ballads Op 10).
It was these works that he played when invited at the age of 20 to Schumann’s home. Robert and Clara were so stunned by these pieces that they invited the young boy to stay with them and he then became part of their life. Schumann was amazed by the young boy’s genius. So he published an article entitled “Neue Bahnen” (New Paths) in the October 1853 issue of the journal Neue Zeitschrift für Musik alerting the public to the young man, who, he claimed, was “destined to give ideal expression to the times.”
PianistNada, as she is known, is very close to Brahms. As can be seen below, she has recorded many CDs with his works. She will introduce some of the very first and most wonderful works of Brahms.
“I speak music” There is something special about Pianist Nada (born Nada Loutfi). The unusual path on which life has taken her has also made her into an extraordinary human being. When she performs, her music seems to come alive in such a way that few performers ever dare to reach. It is like time and reality do not matter, only music. Concert artist, educator, passionate communicator who strives to bring her love of music to audiences throughout the world, “I speak music” is the motto which best describes her charismatic personality and talent to generate enthusiasm and love of classical music.
Radio Voice You can hear her as host and performer of her own radio series, The Classical Hour. She also acts as the curator of the programs which sometimes have themes, and designs them in order to make them accessible to a wide variety of listeners. The performances are recorded live for broadcast on WCHQ 100.9 FM and available on the net for download from anywhere in the world. She has nurtured a large following of listeners over the years on a radio station basically dedicated to local and popular music.
Biography A United states citizen of Lebanese/Hungarian descent, with a French education, Pianist Nada is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. Her piano training was hampered by the unrelenting civil war and terrorism which also cost her mother’s life in a mortar explosion in her own home in Beirut. (Pianist’s concert honors mother killed in war, March 25, 2016 The Courier Journal).
Her family escaped to the mountains where Nada was mainly self-taught with a few books of music – the Bach inventions and the Chopin Waltzes and Polonaises-. After only seven years of playing the piano, she was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, France, where she became the first woman from the Middle-East to take First Prize. Since then, she has created a career with tremendous depth and breadth. Her insightful readings and unique approach to the major music repertoire frequently reminds audiences and critics of the legendary pianists Gina Bachauer and Clara Haskil. And more recently, she has been described as “a music personality of this century, such as a Glenn Gould or Samson François.”
On Grieg Piano Concerto. “It was like hearing it for the first time… She played with style, passion, and thunder without being excessive or sentimental…” – Louisville, Freelance writing
About her work as a pioneer, she was hailed “a hero of the Arts.” She traveled with a piano on a truck, introducing classical music to rural communities, hospital patients and prison populations. She works with several local organizations including her own non-profit, Sundays Love Music. Sundays Love Music For Everyone, Inc is committed to broadening the audience of classical music while bringing an excitement for the classical composers and how they have influenced us in so many ways. “when Nada plays the piano, it’s like it is only her plus the piano in the room” “every note means something, she is breathtaking” “The overall performance was amazing” – Students from Pikeville University