“C. Bechstein grands have a rich and noble voice that fascinates me. This enables me to choose just the right tone quality for every piece I play and immerse myself fully in the world of the composer.”
Nadia Mokhtari, a young pianist born in Lyon, is often described as “a sensitive and exceptional artist who excels as a poetic medium between the audience and the composer”. Having discovered a passion for music in general and especially the piano at the age of fifteen, i.e. relatively late, she studied successfully in Lyon and at the Conservatoire de Paris under Brigitte Engerer. She was also a pupil of Andrew Ball at the Royal College of Music in London and of Boris Bloch at Folkwang Universität der Künste. Moreover, she attended master classes taught by leading international musicians such as Dimitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Vladimir Tropp and Michel Dalberto.
After winning first prize at the Concours International de Piano de Paris and the Concours International de Radio France, Nadia Mokhtari embarked on an international career, playing at some of the world’s top venues, including Salle Cortot (Paris), St. Martin in the Fields (London) and Tel Aviv Museum of Arts. She has also performed at various festivals in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Macedonia, Switzerland and the USA. A passionate chamber musician, she also won an award from the International Ludwig van Beethoven Society in London.
Since 2013, Nadia Mokhtari has been performing regularly as a duo with Denys Proshayev. Their diverse repertoire ranges from Viennese classics, Schubert and Tchaikovsky to modern music. The two young pianists also recorded Gogol Suite by Alfred Schnittke as arranged by Valery Borovikov (CD Piano Classics). Mokhtari’s solo repertoire primarily includes French Baroque music, compositions by Alexander Scriabin and modern Russian pieces.
Her PhD on the works of Jean-Philippe Rameau benefited from the generous support of the Guildhall School of Music in London.