Born in Tehran, Ava has been playing the piano since she was 4 years old. She graduated from Music School of Tehran in 2008, where she was selected as the top performer. Ava has performed as soloist and chamber musician in venues such as the Lerner Hall (Columbia University), Manhattan school of Music and Cell Theatre in New York, and Vahdat Hall, Roudaki Hall, Tehran University and Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran. She has also been featured at Académies Internationales d’été du Grand Nancy in France. Among her awards in Iran are prizes in the Music Festival for Youth, the Fajr International Music Festival, the Nationwide Festival of Music Academies, the Music Festival for University Students and the Biennial Piano Competition of New Music. Ava released her first CD, Memoires from the conservatory, in 2008 in Iran, which includes recordings of Violin concertos by Oskar Rieding and Ferdinand Küchler accompanied on the Piano. Beyond performing, she has been teaching piano for over 5 years to children. Ava received her bachelor’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. She is currently studying as a recipient of Betty & Daniel Bloomfield fund scholarship at the Juilliard School. www.avanazar.com