Nadia Piave

Artistic Director
Fortissimo! (aka The Sydney Italian Women’s Choir…but you don’t have to be Italian or a woman to join)

Nadia Piave just might be Sydney’s liveliest choral leader – she’s caring with her choristers, loves taking her charges into the unknown world of improvisation, always holding their hands, and has fabulous tuning fork technique! 

While leading the Fortissimo! choir, and constantly refining her skills as an expert in the gentle art of the tomato sauce simmer, Nadia teaches group classes for adults at the Sydney Conservatorium’s Open Academy, runs a private studio and maintains a busy schedule as an independent performer working in music genres as vast and varied as renaissance villanelles through to 'Art' song, French chansons, Tango, Neapolitan canzoni and 'world' folk music. And she continues to work with the Parkinsong! voice group for people with Parkinsons.

Nadia's past teaching and workshop engagements  include adult teaching for Macquarie Community College, North Sydney Community Centre, Sydney University Education and Social Work Faculty Monday Lunchtime Choir, leading adult classes and workshops for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and running the hysterical Opera workshops for the Moorambilla Choral Festival in Coonamble.

Nadia has been recorded for numerous ABC Classic FM broadcasts, and has released 4 CDs of songs of romance and even a little nostalgia.

Nadia is also the Artistic Director and instigator (...and catering manager!) for The Blue Gem Concert.  This is a biennial ‘world’ music fund-raising Christmas concert that presents cross-cultural and cross-genre collaborations between Sydney musicians and their students.  Funds raised have supported charities such as The Factory Community Centre in Redfern, The Salvation Army's Safe House for Trafficked Women, The Australian Children's Music Fund and the Rural Fire Fighters Association (Christmas time in country Australia can be a dangerous time…).

Nadia subscribes to the idea of life being one long, wonderful, continuing university education - but you don't have to be a scholar or go to Uni to join!