Born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nawfel began playing the Violin at the age of 13 and Viola at the age of 17. Nawfel is a classical Violist, Writer, Teacher, Conductor, Composer and Poet.
As a Violist, Nawfel has had the opportunity to tour with orchestras in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Leipzig, Berlin and Prague. He recently had the opportunity to perform as an “emerging artist” with his UOttawa piano Quintet at the NAC 4th stage this past March as well as his current string quartet (comprised of members from the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra).
Nawfel has performed as a soloist at the NAC 4th stage, Chateau Laurier, and will be performing the Bowen Viola concerto with Laval University in April of 2020 and Trauermmusique by Hindemith in Winnepeg in February. He has had the opportunity to study and perform with teachers including Rennie Regehr, Sharon Wei, Jeffrey Irvine, Jutta Puchhammer, Yehonatan Berick, Andre Roy and is currently studying under Michael Van Der Sloot at the University of Ottawa (4th year Viola performance). He plans on completing his Master’s degree in performance with Mr. Van Der Sloot and is planning on a DMA as well.
Nawfel’s main goal is to become a professor, currently teaching students privately, and many more at an array of music academies including the National Capital Suzuki School of Music. His students have become sections leaders for orchestras and taken part in RCM exams and summer camps. Nawfel has coached chamber groups in both masterclass and private settings in preparation for festivals and concerts, and plans for teaching to be a big part of his future.
As a conductor, Nawfel has worked with orchestras such as the Oakville Symphony and the Quebec Symphony (OSQ) this past summer. He has studied under Yoav Talmi at Domaine Forget and has been invited to conduct one of his own newest works with a local orchestra in Winnepeg come February 2020; a song for baritone voice and orchestra.
As a composer, alongside his Adagio for strings (premiered by the strings of St Johns November 3rd 2019), he has written many works for piano (which will be premiered in 2020 by Jean Desmarais), and he has written works for choir and arias.
He is currently working on his first String Quartet to be performed by the Cobalt string quartet in Montreal in 2021, A viola suite for Benjamin Rota from Paris, France, A tone poem for symphonic orchestra, piano preludes for Jean Desmarais, a Viola concerto for Drew Alexandre forde in Los Angeles, a String Suite and a collection of fugues for string orchestra.
Nawfel enjoys writing poetry, philosophy, and practicing research in psychology. Currently working on his first book “Life is perspective” he has been delving into how our reactions to situations are a clear representation of our objective, personal and reactive patterns. He wishes to publish this book within the next few years alongside his poetry works: “You and me” (a collection of love poems) as well as “Internal” (another collection of poems describing perspective).