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Nomi Abadi is a Grammy®-nominated virtuoso pianist, composer, singer, activist, and inventor of the NORY® double keytar. A piano prodigy, she started piano lessons at age three, began composing music at four years old, and made her orchestral debut with the Orange County County Chamber Orchestra at age five, playing a Mozart Concerto. She has toured and performed as a solo artist and guest pianist with various orchestras worldwide, most notably as the pianist of String Theory, earning the group a  Grammy nomination in 2020 with their album, “Sekou Andrew and the String Theory”. In 2019, Nomi toured with Grammy® Winner Lili Haydn to Portugal and Africa, where the two headlined the Angola Jazz Festival. 

Nomi is an Egyptian-American Jew, born into four generations of piano teachers. Her grandmother was Tom Waits’s piano teacher, and taught Nomi’s father, a classical and ragtime pianist. Nomi received her piano training from her father, and when she was eight years old, moved to New York to become one of the youngest ever attendees of The New School (formerly the Mannes School of Music). She discovered her passion for acting shortly after, which she pursues today. Nomi is a student in the master class of Gregory Berger-Sobek of Yale School of Drama, and has appeared in Proximity (Apple TV) and Oz, the Great and Powerful.

As a composer, Nomi has created music for over twenty films and video games in America and Europe for numerous clientele, including Apple, BOSE, Cartoon Network and NASA. 

Nomi made her filmmaking debut in 2019 with her film, Roadkill, which she wrote, directed, produced, scored, and starred in, winning her the Best Dark Comedy award at the Independent Shorts Festival in 2021.

In 2020, Nomi founded the Female Composer Safety League, a nonprofit focused on the safety and inclusion of composers of disenfranchised genders and cultures. While FCSL awaits 501(c)(3) status, Nomi, a survivor and silence breaker, advocates for trauma informed education, and empowerment for the up-and-coming women of composing.

Her NORY® double keytar has garnered the attention of keyboardists across the industry. NORY® was a finalist in the 2020 Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, and is slated to make its TV debut on Apple TV starring Ilana Glazer and Tiffany Haddish in early 2022. Nomi is the only solo woman with a current keyboard instrument patent in the world today.