Described as a “Piano Prodigy” by People Magazine, pianist and composer Zade Dirani has released five billboard charting albums, a mega televised concert special for US public television filmed with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 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, the Late Nelson Mandela, former US first lady Laura Bush, and the Dalai Lama. Born in Amman, Jordan and later relocated to the United States, Zade has been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and The Houston Chronicles among others.
Distinctive appearances include performances at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, a performance at the UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, and a performance at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.
In 2006, Zade launched “The Zade Foundation for international pianist and composer Peace and Understanding” a nonprofit organization aimed at offering educational scholarships to young musicians from different parts of the world. The foundation’s flagship program entitled “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 in bring world cultures closer together through music.
Zade studied piano at Noor Al Hussein’s National Music Conservatory in Amman, and music business and management at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
Zade resides in Barcelona, Spain.
“Zade is a Jordanian musician of outstanding ability, whose creations have delighted the people of our nation and our region on both private and public occasions. In these troubled days, Zade represents the young seeking to bring peace and understanding to our troubled region and the world.”
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan
“Jordan’s leading cultural ambassador dedicates his music to building bridges of peace and tolerance.”
The Washington Times
“For Zade, making music and advocating world peace go hand in hand”
The Los Angeles Times
The Washington Post
“Zade has no need for multiculturalism as a theory. He’s all about putting theory into practice”
The Boston Herald
“The emerging prince of world music”
All Music Guide
“Zade bridges cultural, religious gaps with compositions”
The Houston Chronicle
“Zade, dubbed Jordan’s Musical Ambassador, believes so fervently in Beautiful World, envisioned in his latest CD that he has assembled a concert tour to spread the message of peace and cultural understanding”
Washington D.C. Examiner
“The tunes may have been unfamiliar, the lyrics sung in foreign languages and some of the instruments a bit exotic, but the pupils were nonetheless mesmerized by the alternately vibrant and soothing sounds emanating from the school’s stage.”
The Baltimore Sun
“Zade is undoubtedly an accomplished musician”
The Washington Post.com