Nadja Dornik discovered the piano at the age of 4. Very quickly passionate about music, she began learning the harp a few years later. Graduate from the Lycée Musical «Mokranjac» in Belgrade in 2016, she was unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in harp and piano in the class of Isabelle Moretti and Hortense Cartier-Bresson. Since 2021, Nadja is studying the piano in the class of Franck Braley.
Nadja Dornik, winner of some thirty international competitions, performs very young with the biggest orchestras : the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the «Stanislav Binički» «Pro classic» Orchestra (Serbia), and the Serbian Radio/Television Philharmonic Orchestra.
The competitions take her to meet the public all over the world. From New York to Moscow, London or Geneva, and has collaborated with renowned artists, including flutist Sébastien Jacot, conductor Patrick Gallois and composer Daniel Garella. Composer with whom she recorded her first album at the age of 15.
Nadja Dornik was born on June 21 st 2000 in Belgrade, where she finished the high music school and high school as the best student in the generation, as she graduated simultaneously on two instruments: harp and piano. She has been studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de la Musique et Danse in Paris since 2017/2018, in the class of the harp teacher Isabelle Moretti.
In addition to her high school music education - instrument harp –which she obtained in the class of Dijana Sretenovic, MA, she acquired the skills on this instrument at numerous master classes with the following harpists: Fabrice Pierre, Ieuan Jones, Ion Ivan Roncea, Marielle Nordmann, Carrol McLaughlin, Emanuela Degli Esposti, ŞirinPancaroğlu, Sasha Boldachev, Remy van Kesteren, Assia Cunego.
This year, she has successfully passed the entrance exam at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de la Musique et Danse for the piano (following a unanimous decision made by all seven members of the jury). Subsequently, from this autumn, along with studying harp, she shall continue to study the piano in the class of Hortense Cartier-Bressons. Since 2021, Nadja is studying the piano in the class of Franck Braley
During her education, she has achieved notable results in a number of international and national competitions. She won first prizes at international competitions: “Premiere Rencontres Internationales de la Harpe en Ile-de-France” (2016) France, “International competition Petar Konjovic”(2017, 2015, 2013) Serbia, “Suoni d' Arpa “ (2013) Italy, “Competition of woodwinds Pozarevac” chamber compositions category – harp and flute (2014), Serbia. Other prizes : International Harp Competition Szeged (2013)Hungary and American protégé New York (2014) USA. She was a semi-finalist at the “11 th International Russian Rotary Children Music Competition” Moscow (2013) Russia.
At national competitions, she won eight first prizes, out of which four were prestigious awards. She held soloist concerts in Belgrade, Milan, Florence, Standstat(Bremen) and Geneva. She held several humanitarian concerts. She performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra“Stanislav Binicki”, the Symphony Orchestra of the Serbia Broadcasting Corporation, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra “Borislav Pascan”, the Ensemble “Pro classica”Chamber Orchestra, in Serbia. At the International Flute Festival in Geneva she performed with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the most renowned Swiss flutist Sebastian Jacot.
In addition to classical music, Nadja also plays contemporary music. She realised a successful cooperation with the Italian composer Daniele Garella. In October 2015 she recorded her first CD in Italy together with the Italian harpist Emanuela Degli Esposti.
In July 2017, she held a recital at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. At the age of 14, she had her harp debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York, a year before she performed on the same instrument at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She performed at all important music venues in Belgrade. She participated many times at the International Harp Festival in Belgrade.
In addition to her regular obligations, she has been engaged since primary school at the Children’s’ Philharmonic Orchestra “Children to Children”in Belgrade, at the Children’s Choir “Horislavci”, performing at the National Theatre in Belgrade in operas “Werther”, ”Carmen”, “La Bohème”, Pagliacci” and “In hoc signo”.
More over, she was a member of the Young Talents Association ArtLink in Belgrade. She is a member of the Harp Association of Serbia.