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Biography

NADER ABBASSI - CONDUCTOR 

(Swiss / Egyptian) 

In his conducting career Nader Abbassi benefits from his exceptionally wide professional experience as a singer, bassoonist and composer.



In July 2011 Nader Abbassi was appointed Artistic and Musical Director of KATARA Culture Foundation, Doha - Qatar.


From 2009 to 2011 he was the first Musical Director & Principal Conductor for the newly formed “Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra” (QPO), which consists of one hundred and one professional musicians from around the world. 

He will continue his regular collaboration with the QPO in the future.


Since 2002 he holds the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Cairo Opera Orchestra. 

The same year Nader Abbassi made his acclaimed debut in the mega production of "Aida" at the pyramids in Giza. 

The Cairo Opera Orchestra under his baton was invited to various festivals, opera productions and concerts as (Thessaloniki, Greece, Mexico, Germany, Beijing, China, Oman).


Nader Abbassi is also the artistic director of the "Orchestre pour la Paix" in Paris. 

This orchestra, founded by the argentinian pianist Miguel Estrella, unites young professional musicians from all over the world for the promotion of a peaceful dialogue between different cultures and religions.


Nader is a permanent member of the Jury of the “International Stenhammar Singing Competition” at Norköping, hosted by the King of Sweden. 



In 2006 Nader Abbassi conducted Menotti’s forgotten opera "Maria Golovine" in the presence of the composer at the Marseille Opera House. 

Since then he is regularly invited to conduct concerts and operas, including 

“Hamlet”, “Un Ballo in Maschera”, “La Belle Helene”, “Aida” and “Carmen” (2012). 



Nader Abbassi conducted various international orchestras, such as 

Sinfonieorchester Basel, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Orchester des Richard Strauss Konservatoriums München (Germany), Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Orchestre National Pays de la Loire, 

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland), Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Chaliapin and Nuriev Festival with the Bashkir Opera Orchestra (Russia), 

Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato (Mexico), Norköpping Philharmonic Orchestra (Sweden), Euro Orchestra da camera di Bari (Italy), Lisbon Philharmonic Orchestra (Portugal).  

He gave his US debut conducting the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra in spring 2008 and returned in 2010.



Nader Abbassi was awarded the Citation of Excellence and Outstanding Music Award in 1980 and 1982 (USA). 

He won several 1st prizes from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture for bassoon and composition in 1986, 1995 and 1996.

Winner of the Mozart Chamber Music Competition in Geneva, 1992.


Among others, the Geneva Ballet Company, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Swiss Romande Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and the Swiss Clarinet Players commissioned him new compositions.


His future projects include:

Concerts in Korea, Mexico, Sweden, France.

“Aida” at Glimmerglass Festival USA , “Dialogues des Carmelites” at Opera de Bordeaux, “Carmen” at Opera de Marseille.



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