Mauricio Nader

Mexican pianist Mauricio Náder was born in Mexico City on February 22, 1967; he began performing at the age of nine years old and he has mantained an active career of nearly 500 concerts performed. Since his concert appearances in Spain through the Prince of Asturias Foundation (1994), he has evolved as one of the most prominent Mexican musicians and he has been performing extensively in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador and Cuba. In 1996 he obtained the First Prize at the "Bartók-Kabalevsky" International Piano Competition and the same year the Austrian Republic honored with the commemorative medal of the Austrian Millennium. His face is printed, along with the face of some of the most outstanding Mexican artists of the 20th century, on the commemorative stamp entitled "México del Siglo XX al Tercer Milenio/Arte" (Mexico in the Twentieth Century, at the turn of the Third Millennium/Art) issued by the Mexican Postal Service in 2000.

He debuted as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra (Mexico) at the age of nineteen years old. Since then, he has been invited by merely all of Mexico's major orchestras, as well as by diverse orchestras of Europe, Central America and South America. Besides performing regularly in the most important Mexican concert halls and festivals, he has also appeared abroad at venues such as the Steinway Hall (New York), Spivey Hall (Atlanta), Konserthus (Oslo), Preston Hall (Radford), Luis Angel Arango Library (Bogotá), Valley Center for the Performing Arts (Oakland) and Teatro Municipal (Río de Janeiro).

Mr. Náder has been a juror for the piano Competitions held at the University of Radford (USA; 1997, 1998 & 2003) and at the Bucaramanga International Piano Festival (Colombia, 2001), offering masterclasses and recitals as well. In Mexico he has been in the jury for many music competitions. He has pursued several artistic projects under the sponsorship of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, and at present he receives a scholarship from that same institution under the category "performers with an outstanding career" to promote contemporary music by young Mexican composers.

The critics have refered to him as: "...an exceptional pianist"; "Mauricio showed the virtuosism, experience and ability of one who dares to face passages of devilish difficulty"; "...He displays fantasy, discipline, talent and commitment."

His work can be appreciated in nearly twenty compact discs, which include piano and chamber music by composers ranging from the Baroque tu the Contemporary. Since February of 2004 he also performs on a regular basis as a member of the Concert Artsists Group, managed by the National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico and the same year he was a resident pianist for the Instrumenta Summer session. At present he is a member of the Ensamble 3; in the past he also was a member of the Ensamble Onix and the Ensamble Cello Alterno.

Other prizes where Mr. Náder obtained First Prize include: Concurso Nacional Edvard Grieg (1995), Concurso Nacional de Xalapa (1994), Tuesday Musical Club Young Artists Awards (1990) and Texas Music Teachers' Association Competition (1990). At international piano competitions he has also received prizes and distinctions at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (1991) Victoria Young Musicians' Competition (1991) and International Audio and Video Tape Piano Competition (1996).

Mr. Náder held musical studies at the National Music Conservatory (Mexico), the University of Houston (BM) and the Eastman School of Music (MM), where he was unanimously awarded the Performers' Certificate. His teachers were Carlos Bueno, María Teresa Rodríguez, Nancy Weems and Anton Nel.

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