Dr. NAN is what my students call me…it’s short for Nicole A. Narboni. I teach piano at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, perform recitals around the world, record CD’s, and do a bunch of other stuff too, which you can see and read about here…like helping out at the no-kill animal shelter called The Cat House that a few of us got together and founded a few years ago here in Lincoln. Then there’s biking, hiking, gardening and other outdoorsy stuff, and food, chocolate, and music and other indoorsy stuff…
Now, here’s my “Official” bio you’ll find on the UNL School of Music website…
Dr. Nicole Narboni is Senior Lecturer in piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned the 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, a/k/a the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 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. The Duo 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 CD of Works for Two Pianos and Piano Four-Hands by Germaine Tailleferre (Elan CD 82278) was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice selection by the magazine in its November 1997 issue, calling it “…absolutely first rate, with an immensely engaging spirit, delicacy, variety of touch and subtle shadings…an irresistibly joyous disc.” The Duo’s followup recordings were similarly praised, including a Classics Today “10/10” rating for their CD of Works for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu: “a major release,” filled with “enviable energy and skill, polish and passion.”
More recently, Nicole 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. Dr. Narboni is a contributing columnist to Keyboard Companion, a member of the Music Teachers National Association, and a Steinway artist.