Piano Concerto Competition: Winner
Nadia Azzi is 12
years old, and a 7th grade student at The Center for the Gifted Studies
Magnet Program housed at Dunedin Highland Middle School in Dunedin, FL.
She began playing the piano at the age of five with Kinuyo Engelbrecht
who is now teaching her music theory. Her current teacher is the
renowned international pianist, Leonidas Lipovetsky, and she receives
additional tutelage from Dr. Grigorios Zamparas, a concert pianist and
professor at University of Tampa. She has become the winner of numerous
piano and music competitions at the county, district, state, national,
and international levels. Some of her most recent achievements include
being the winner in the Early Music Open Junior Category at 2011
Walgreens National Concerto Competition held in Fort Sheridan, IL; 1st
place winner in the 2010 Orfeo International Music Competition in piano
category held in Vipiteno, Italy; Gold Medalist at 2010 Passion of Music
International Music Festival and has performed at the Weill Recital Hall
at Carnegie Hall in NY; the recipient of 2010 Ruth B. Lockmiller
Memorial Award at FFMC; nominated for Irene Muir Memorial Award at FFMC;
and other numerous awards/scholarships at FFMC and FSMTA piano
competitions. In the past, she also had the honor of studying with Dr.
Rita Fandrich of Florida Southern College, and had the opportunity of
attending the 2010 Orfeo Music Summer Festival in Italy studying under
She will make her first
orchestral debut in Cambridge, MA with the Boston Neo-Politan Orchestra
in June of 2011, and will attend the Aspen Music Festival and School
this summer studying under Yoheved Kaplinsky of
the Juilliard School.
She also studies violin
with Lei Liu, Second Assistant Concert Master at the Florida Orchestra.
She became the concert master in the 2009-2010 All County Middle School
Orchestra as well as the advanced orchestra at her middle school.
Besides her music interests, she has excelled at many area of studies.
She has won several awards such as 2010 MathMovesU Middle School
Scholarship and Grant Program sponsored by Raytheon Company; 2009 Math
P.R.I.D.E Award; and Award of Excellence in Odysseys and Expeditions at
the Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL. She is fluent in Japanese and
English. She has attended Japanese pre-schools, and elementary schools
for 2 months almost every summer since she was 3 years old. She received
a bronze award in 2009 Fukui Prefecture Japanese Calligraphy