Dr. Nicole Narboni
Dr. Nicole Narboni earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, the Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory. Her major teachers have included William Race, John Perry, and Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Narboni is frequently heard in recital throughout the world, and her performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York), WGMS (Washington DC), and National Public Radio’s Performance Today. She is also in great demand as an adjudicator and pedagogue and has conducted masterclasses at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague and the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In 1998 and again in 2003, Dr. Narboni received the UNL Parents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
Narboni joined with pianist Mark Clinton to form the highly successful Clinton/Narboni Duo. They have won a number of significant prizes, including the 1994 PrntoPiano New York Recital Competition, the 1995 National Federation of Music Clubs Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the Alvin Perlman prize at the Fifth Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, and the 1996 Concorso Internazionale Carlo Soliva (four-hand division). The Clinton/Narboni Duo made their New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in February 1995, their Chicago debut on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Series in July 1996, and their European debut in Paris in June 1997. They gave the world premiere performance of Ned Rorem’s Six Variations for Two Pianos in Miami in December 1995. Recent concert highlights include recitals on the Festival de Piano de St. Tropez (France), the University of Nebraska Faculty Recital Series, the Ohio State University Guest Artist Series in Columbus, and the Music at the Mansion Series in Baltimore (MD). The Duo returns frequently for recitals in Paris, France under the auspices of the mayor of the first Arrondissement. They have appeared as guest soloists with the Springfield Symphony (MO), the San Antonio Symphony (TX), the Midland Symphony (TX), the Lincoln Symphony (NE), and Concert Artists of Baltimore.
Clinton and Narboni’s debut compact disc of Works for Two Pianos and Piano Four-Hands by Germaine Tailleferre (Élan CD 82278) received high praise from Gramophone magazine which selected it as an “Editor’s Choice” selection in the November 1997 issue and declared it “…absolutely first rate, with an immensely engaging spirit, delicacy, variety of touch and subtle shadings…an irresistibly joyous disc.” Critics have hailed the Clinton/Narboni Duo’s most recent release on the Élan label (Works for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu) as “a major release,” commenting on their “enviable energy and skill, polish and passion.”
More recently, Narboni made her solo debut in Paris at the Hotel de Harlay under the auspices of the Paris Bar Association and the mayor of the First District. She has since returned to France to perform at the 2006 Festival Under the Stars in Gassin. Narboni was also invited to adjudicate at the 2006 MusicFest Northwest in Spokane, Washington. She is a contributing columnist to Keyboard Companion. Dr. Narboni is a Steinway artist.