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, National Sawdust, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 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, and her Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School as a recipient of the Bloomfield, Garvey, and Shendell Scholarships. She currently serves as a collaborative piano staff at the Juilliard School.
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.