Nadine André has been playing the piano since 1987 having studied with Judith Burton from 1990-2000. In 1999 Nadine reached the Regional Finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year and won the North London National Competition representing Coulsden and Purley. The following year she received a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music under Kathryn Stott and Carole Presland and graduated with a BMus (hons) and Master of Music in performance in 2005.
During her time at the RNCM, Nadine was awarded the Shirley Cattarall prize for piano, the Sir Max Bemrose Bursary Award with the RNCM Horn Trio, which then went on to give UK-wide performances, and won the RNCM Wind and Piano Duo Competition. She also performed in many public masterclasses with artists including Steven Hough, Martin Roscoe, Pierre Laurent-Aimard, and Alexander Melnikov.
During her professional career, Nadine has given solo recitals at St. James’s Piccadilly, Steinway Hall London, and the Irish Embassy to the Holy See in Rome and, while studying with Vera Müllerova in the Czech-Republic, won 3rd place in the International Anglo Czech-Slovak Competition in 2007. In 2010 Paolo Fazioli personally invited Nadine to demonstrate his pianos at the 2010 MusikMesse in Frankfurt. Nadine has also appeared as a chamber musician and orchestral pianist in major concert halls in the UK including the Bridgewater Hall Manchester, the Royal Festival Hall and with the London Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in London, and is currently accompanist and chamber musician at the Burton Bradstock Festival in Dorset.
As a chamber musician, Nadine has performed across the UK with violinist Hazel Ross, later forming The Kingswood Trio together before becoming a founding member of contemporary fusion trio Trifarious. Work with the trio included performances at the International Festival Vitoria-Gasteiz, and The Bilbao Festival in Spain, and giving composition workshops and performances at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016. Keen to inspire young composers, the trio gave multiple educational workshops in schools across the UK and held a one-year residency as trio in residence at the University of Surrey in 2018-19.
Nadine has always been a passionate teacher and chamber coach, and since 2005, has built a thriving teaching practice. As well as holding teaching posts at schools in Surrey, she taught piano and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music from 2010-2020, coaching a trio to First Prize in the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival, and has given masterclasses in schools country-wide.
In 2007 Nadine met jazz drummer Paul Cavaciuti while teaching on a residential Summer music course. Having been together for eleven years and married (happily) for six of them, they formed a duo playing ragtime and jazz from the 1920s and 30s alongside classical repertoire with ‘the missing drum parts’. Their show, The Musician’s Guide To A Happy Marriage, made its debut at Epsom’s MGSO4 Arts Festival in 2018 and has since appeared in theatres and concert series up and down the country.
Today, Nadine continues to perform with It Had To Be Two, accompanies and gives solo recitals while maintaining a busy teaching practice.