Nassib Nassar began playing the piano at the age of five with guidance from his father, who had studied under Zvart Sarkissian, a pupil of Marguerite Long.  At 16 he commenced formal study for three years with Francis Whang, then chair of the piano division at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At age 27, Mr. Nassar performed the 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven in chronological order in a series of seven concerts.  His recordings have been featured on WCPE radio.  In 2014, Mr. Nassar was awarded The American Prize for Piano Performance in the professional solo category.

“The playing is inspired . . . . There is not a single dull moment in this interpretation.  It is remarkably fresh, enthusiastic and honest playing.  Nothing in this interpretation seemed premeditated or calculated.  The listener feels they have met the artist personally.”
         —Sławomir Dobrzański, adjudicator, The American Prize

“Nassar displays his command over the piano not with showy arpeggios, bombastic chords, and fast scale runs, but with ultra-sensitivity and restraint . . . an artist with sublime technique.”
         —Rafael Hernandez

“Nassib Nassar plays the piano masterfully”
“An acclaimed computer scientist and rising classical pianist”
         —News & Observer