Ava Nazar is a San Francisco Bay Area 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 the United Nations, Merkin Hall, National Sawdust, American Museum of Natural History, and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Ava has been featured at Académies Internationales d'été du Grand Nancy in France, has received scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival, and has served as a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. She is a prizewinner of several competitions including the National Youth Music Festival, the Biennial Piano Competition of New Music, and the Fajr International Music Festival in Tehran.
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 Bloomfield, Garvey, and Shendell Scholarships, 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, J.J. Penna, Diane Richardson, Franz Helmerson, and David Finckel.
Passionate about expanding musical access across communities, Ava is a volunteer at the Sing for Hope, an NYC-based and artist-powered non-profit organization which brings art to communities in need. In addition, she has worked as a teaching artist fellow with the ArtistYear organization, which its mission is to increase arts access and education for underserved youth in America through an arts-focused national service year.