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Soheil Nasseri

  • Pianist


Soheil Nasseri made his European recital debut in May 2004 at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily. Since then, he has performed in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls: in addition to his regular New York concerts, he has recently performed solo recitals or concerti at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center in Washington, Berlin's Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, Berlin's Konzerthaus, London's Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Tokyo's Musashino Center, Florence's Teatro Comunale, and Palermo's Teatro Politeama, as well as concerts in Montreal, Baltimore, Portland (Oregon), Jacksonville (Florida), Tehran (Iran), and Kerman (Iran). As concerto soloist Mr. Nasseri has appeared with conductors Justus Frantz, Edward Polochick, Ormsby Wilkins, David LaMarche, and Fabio del Cioppo, and he is also active as a chamber musician, playing several piano quintets at Bargemusic in New York among other venues.

In May and June 2010 he joined the American Ballet Theatre for eight sold-out all-Chopin performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, playing an integral role onstage as a pianist-- both acting and performing for one hour-- in the John Neumeier ballet Lady of the Camellias. Additionally, Mr. Nasseri performed a 10-minute solo-piano excerpt of this ballet at the ABT season-opening Gala at the Metropolitan Opera, joining star dancers Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle. The cumulative audience for the ABT performances featuring Soheil Nasseri was over 35,000 spectators.

One of Soheil Nasseri's foremost interests has been his inner-city public school music education program. Mr. Nasseri has given concerts at more than 60 public schools in the U.S. since 2003, with a combined audience of about 25,000 wildly responsive students. Mr. Nasseri is also passionately committed to promoting new music of young classical composers and indeed many composers have written pieces specifically for him, including Richard Danielpour, Avner Dorman, Martin Kennedy, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Haskell Small, Ronn Yedidia, Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin, and Samuel Zyman.

As a recording artist he has solo discs on the Centaur and 21st Century Classical labels, as well as CD's forthcoming from Naxos and Mahoor.

Born to Iranian parents in Santa Monica, California, Soheil Nasseri began studying the piano at the age of five and at the age of twenty moved to New York to study intensively with the late Karl Ulrich Schnabel (1909–2001). Following the death of Mr. Schnabel, Mr. Nasseri became a protégé of Jerome Lowenthal who remains Mr. Nasseri's mentor today. Other significant teachers include Irina Edelman, Anna Balakerskaia, Clinton Adams, Eva Pierrou, Claude Frank, and Ann Schein.

Soheil Nasseri divides his time between residences in New York and Berlin.