Born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nawfel began playing the Violin at the age of 13 and Viola at the age of 17. Nawfel is a classical Violist, Writer, Teacher, Conductor, Composer, Painter and Poet.
As a Violist, Nawfel has had the opportunity to tour with orchestras in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Leipzig, Berlin and Prague. In 2019, he had the opportunity to perform as an “emerging artist” with his UOttawa piano Quintet at the NAC 4th stage this past March as well as his current string quartet (comprised of members from the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra).Following this his string quartet the “Amica quartet” has performed many times in concerts, and are planning a tour in the coming months.
Nawfel has had the opportunity to study and perform with teachers including Rennie Regehr, Sharon Wei, Jeffrey Irvine, Jutta Puchhammer, Yehonatan Berick, Andre Roy and is currently studying under Michael Van Der Sloot at the University of Ottawa (masters program) and is planning on completing a masters in composition, painting and a DMA in Viola as well.
Nawfel’s main goal is to become a professor, currently teaching students privately, and many more at an array of music academies including the National Capital Suzuki School of Music, Long and Mcquade and Music box studios. His students have become section leaders for orchestras and taken part in RCM exams and summer camps, auditioned for universities and won local and abroad competitions. Nawfel has coached chamber groups in both masterclass and private settings in preparation for festivals and concerts, and plans for teaching to be a big part of his future.
Nawfel enjoys painting, writing poetry, philosophy, and practicing research in psychology. Currently working on his first book “Life is perspective” he has been delving into how our reactions to situations are a clear representation of our objective, personal and reactive patterns. He wishes to publish this book within the next few years alongside his poetry works: “You and me” (a collection of love poems) as well as “Internal” (another collection of poems describing perspective).