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NOMI ABADI

Quartet for NORY® in E Minor at Video Game Music Con Puerto Rico 2023. All rights reserved.

"Terribly, frighteningly, good." - LA Times, J.D. Moehringer

Nomi Abadi is a virtuoso pianist, singer, composer, activist, and inventor of the NORY® double keytar. A former piano prodigy and Southern California native, she started piano lessons at age three, composed her first suite at age four, and made her orchestral debut at age five with the Orange County County Chamber Orchestra playing a Mozart Concerto. She has toured and performed as a solo artist and guest pianist with numerous orchestras worldwide, including as pianist of Grammy-nominated album, Sekou Andrews and the String Theory which earned a Grammy nomination in 2020. Nomi has embarked on tours throughout the US and Puerto Rico, Eastern Europe and Africa.

An American-born, Jewish Syrian-Egyptian, Nomi was 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 mother and father, and at age eight, became one of their youngest students at the New School (formerly Mannes) in New York City. Furthering her passion for stage performance as a child, Nomi attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and studied in master classes throughout Los Angeles such as Berg Studios with Gregory Berger-Sobek, the private coach of Lupita Nyong’o and former Yale School of Drama faculty. Nomi has acted in stage productions and independent films. In 2021, she wrote, co-directed, scored, produced and starred in her short film “Roadkill” earning her first place awards for Best Dark Comedy and Best Acting Duo at the Independent Shorts Festival in 2021.

Nomi has collaborated as a vocalist with composers and songwriters such as Keir Schmidt (Son Lux, Kimbra) and Roger Neill (King of the Hill), and as the singer of Australian composer Jacquie Joy’s EDM track, “You’ll Feel Nothing”.

Nomi has garnered over twenty film and video games credits, scoring for indie films and high end commercial brands. Nomi has been nominated for various composition awards and won the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2022 at the Independent Shorts Fest for her score for sci-fi thriller, “The Unnatural Order”.

In 2020, Nomi founded the Female Composer Safety League, a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission focuses on safety and community for women and nonbinary composers, where she resides on the Board of Directors.

Nomi’s patent for the NORY® double keytar was granted in 2018 and the instrument has garnered the attention of keyboardists across the music industry worldwide. NORY® was a finalist in the Georgia Tech’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition in 2020 and made its TV debut in 2022 on the Emmy-nominated show, “The Afterparty”, starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer. Nomi made her compositional concert music debut with her NORY® performing her Quartet for NORY® in E Minor at Video Game Music Con Puerto Rico 2023.