" While listening to Dana Nigrim play Debussy's Works, Ravel, Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, I was very impressed by the character she imposes on each of her interpretations. Her rhythmic rigor, her natural sense of phrasing, the quality of her touch, her very solid technique, make her a pianist capable of approaching all styles with the greatest happiness. " François René Duchable, pianist
« Dana Nigrim belongs to the world of interpretation and has the charisma and the character to project with force and in a convincing way the universe of the musical works that she is called to communicate. She is a major artist, I believe, to have a great career as a concert performer. She has a considerable repertoire and it is remarkable to see how easily and convincingly she approaches different styles. » Gilles Manny, Dean of Music UDM
"Dana Nigrim has a remarkable breadth of her musical abilities. At once an artist full of energy and subtlety, she is equally at home with classical and modern composers. It demonstrates the rare ability to play a wide variety of styles and genres, at the same time respecting the historical conception of the works and bringing its own vision into their interpretation; the result is the dazzling freshness of a familiar repertoire. John Rea, Canadian composer
Affirmed as one of the most talented pianists of her generation, Dana Nigrim develops a rich solo activity. She is regularly invited by symphony orchestras under the direction of renowned Romanian and international conductors. In Quebec, among her engagements, she is invited by Maestro Louis Lavigueur and Ensemble Sinfonia where she presents the Brahms Opus 15 Concerto, no. 1 in D minor, with great success.
Dana Nigrim is a Canadian citizen, married to the composer Radu Palade, with whom she founded in 2017, the Ensemble Lyrique de Montréal, of which she is artistic director.
As a concert performer, she has given many concerts of Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens, Grieg, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Ph. E. Bach, JS Bach, her repertoire also includes Brahms concertos, From Falla, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Gershwin and Paul Constantinescu. She also excels in the field of chamber music, which extends through her collaboration with many musicians: Arthur Leblanc Quartet (Canada), Quatuor Casal (Germany), Quartet of the Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra, symphonic orchestras of Montreal OSM, Brasov Philharmonic, Bacau, Bucharest, as well as singers such as Leontina Vaduva, Felicia Filip, Joe Kaiser, Elena Vassilieva, Laura Pudwell, Johanne Kolomjec, Claude Corbeil, Dimitri Pitas, Eduardo del Campo, Lyne Fortin, Anda-Louise Bogza, Nathalie Choquette, Monique Pagé, Danielle Leblanc, Julie Nesrallah, Mariateresa Magisano, Renee Claude, Grégoire Legendre, and many other well-known actors Andrée Lachappelle, Albert Millaire, Victor Rebengiuc, Ovidiu -Iuliu Moldovan, Ion Caramitru (former Minister of Culture, Romania).
During and after her studies, she supported numerous solo recitals and concerts with Symphonic Orchestras, several radio-TVs, as well as chamber music recitals with well-known instrumental and lyric musicians. Continuing her studies, she finished her Baccalaureate in Piano Interpreting as head of promotion. She continues her training at the National Conservatory of Bucharest, after the four years of study necessary to obtain the Master's degree, acquiring this diploma with the first Prize in Interpretation Piano, Chamber Music and Theory of Music, class of teachers Ana Pitis and Ioana Minei, authors of two important works on piano interpretation. She has also become a soloist of the Brasov Symphony Orchestra, and has created a very varied repertoire, including pieces representative of different styles and composers. In 1990, during a tour with the Orchester Symphonique de Brasov in Paris, the pianist Maria Joao Pires, considering that she "has a lot of talent and a great musicality", recommends her to obtain a scholarship from French Government. Thus, she attended at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris the Advanced Course in Interpretation for two years with the pianist Théodore Paraskivesco, former student of Nadia Boulanger, artist known for his interpretation of the works of Debussy ("Debussy" Prize of the French Academy In 1997 she finished her PhD in Interpretation at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal, a program she has pursued since 1992 with Professor Gilles Manny.
Dana Nigrim studied piano at the age of 5 in Brasov (Romania), a cultural center of rich artistic traditions, where she made her debut with the Symphony Orchestra at 10 years old. She is still a pupil of the Lyceum of Music of Brasov, at the age of 14, she is invited as a concert soloist by the Symphony Orchestra of the National Conservatory of Bucharest under the direction of Horia Andreescu (director of the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra).
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