Described as a “Piano Prodigy” by People Magazine, and a “Gorgeous Pianist/Composer/Hunk”, by the Washington Post, pianist, composer, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Zade Dirani has released Billboard charting albums, and has performed in concert before tens of thousands around the world including world leaders such as King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan, Queen Elizabeth of England and Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Noor of Jordan, the Late Nelson Mandela, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, former US first lady Laura Bush, former Qatar first lady Sheika Moza Bint Nasser, Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and US statesman Colin Powell among others. Zade has performed in concerts in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, England, France, Spain, and the United States.
Zade’s latest album which will be released in 2019, is entitled “Un Piano Y Amigos” and is the fruition of collaboration with Spanish hit producer David Santisteban who produced the album. The album features vocal guest appearances with some of the most prominent artists on the Spanish music landscape today, including India Martinez, Pitingo, David DeMaria, Sweet California, Soraya, Ana Mena, Eva Ruiz, Lorena Gomez, Paula Rojo, and Lerica.
Born in Amman, and later relocated to the United States, Zade started writing music for piano and orchestra at age fifteen, and saw his first concert of his own compositions come to life at the age of nineteen. He has been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicles, The Associated Press, Reuters, Skye News, Al Jazeera, MBC, Al Arabiyah, among others, and was mentored in Los Angeles by Grammy winning producer David Foster.
Distinctive concert appearances include performances at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, a performance at the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, a performance at the World Economic Forum, and a performance at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
In 2006, Zade launched “The Zade Foundation” a nonprofit organization that offers educational scholarships to young musicians from different parts of the world. The foundation’s flagship program “The Roads to You Tour” brought together 35 musicians from 20 different countries, including war torn regions. To date, the musicians presented more than 300 workshops and performances in various cities in the United States in an effort to bring world cultures closer together through music.
In 2008, Zade performed an epic concert entitled: “One Night in Jordan: A Concert for Peace” where he brought together 100 musicians from around the world, including the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Voices Choir. The concert was presented in a historical setting and filmed in HD at one of the world’s largest remaining Roman Amphitheatres built nearly 2,000 years ago. The concert event was attended by more than 10,000 people and was broadcast in numerous countries around the world including the United States on Public Television. The “One Night in Jordan” CD debuted on the US Billboard at #2 on the New Age Chart, #5 on the Classical Crossover Chart, and #11 on the Overall Classical Chart. Zade’s accompanying DVD also debuted on Billboard’s Top DVD/Music Video Charts at #18.
In 2016, Zade was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Middle East and North Africa and his appointment was launched with a piano performance at Al Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan where he invited refugee children to improvise on the piano with him. This performance would later inspire the permanent music therapy program in the camps that he would launch with UNICEF two years later. In 2017, Zade recorded “Heartbeat” with by 10 year-old Ansam, an internally displaced girl in Syria who was born blind. The song was shot in an area of Syria heavily damaged by the fighting. Children performing as part of the choir are all internally displaced and participate, along with Ansam, in UNICEF psychosocial support programmes. The song was utilized to raise awareness to the war in Syria as the conflict reached six years and was shared worldwide on social media by other UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors including Ricky Martin, Orlando Bloom, and Lionel Messi.
In 2018, With UNICEF, he launched the first music therapy program in the world designed specifically for children in refugee camps with pilot programs at Al Zaatari Refugee camp and Al Azraq Refugee camp in Jordan.
Zade studied piano at Noor Al Hussein’s National Music Conservatory in Amman, founded by Queen Noor of Jordan and later at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Of Zade, Queen Noor said: “Zade is a musician of outstanding ability, whose creations have delighted the people of our nation and our region on both private and public occasions. Zade’s enthusiasm, which I first experienced almost 20 years ago in his early days at the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s National Music Conservatory in Jordan, is as unbridled as ever.”
Zade resides in Barcelona and Amman.
"Las Pulseras Del Verano”
music therapy program
In collaboration with UNCIEF and featuring 11 year old Ansam.