Nicholas Rada grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where he started to play and improvise on the piano at the age of four under the instruction of his father. Formal instruction continued in the hands of Patricia Hoebig, during which time Nicholas also started studying the violin under Helmut Hoebig. His early musical education consisted of intensive piano, violin, chamber music, and orchestra coaching with The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and The Vancouver Academy of Music. At the age of 14, Nicholas began working with Donna Fishwick, quickly becoming more involved as a soloist and as a chamber musician in the Young Pianists Recital Society. Performance opportunities have brought him to such cities as Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Czeske Budejovice, Munich, Baden-Baden, Perugia, Udine, New York, Boston, New Haven, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle and many others.
Engaging in numerous local and national competitions, Nicholas has been the recipient of various awards, bursaries, grants and scholarships. While enrolled at the State University of New York at Purchase as a Bachelor of Music student under the tutelage of Dr. Sasha Starcevich, Nicholas was a regional finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, as well as a top prizewinner in the national finals of the Canadian Music Competition. Following his Bachelor’s at Purchase, Nicholas continued onto the completion of his Master’s at the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of Sara Davis Buechner.
Nicholas has been awarded numerous notable distinctions, including runner-up at the Women’s Musical Club Festival and the top prize at the Music Man Concerto Competition in Vancouver. He has performed internationally, most recently appearing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Il Soloisti di Perugia, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Nicholas has been a returning judge at the Festival on the Lake, as well as the C3 Piano Concerto Competition in Calgary. This year, Nicholas has been invited to teach at the international music festival Music Fest Perugia in Italy, and will be joining the festival as Faculty in July of 2017. He has been requested to give masterclasses internationally, and has been involved as a piano coach in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Seattle, New York, Hartford, New Canaan, South Carolina’s Governor’s School for the Arts.
Nicholas currently continues to build his studio in Vancouver, B.C., providing unique opportunities for his students, including several local festivals, competitions, concerts, and various international performance opportunities. Most recently, Nicholas’ students have been first and second prize winners at the National Finals of the Canadian Music Competition. His students continue to gain national acclaim being top prizewinners in their engagements.