Natasha and Omar











Omar and Jesse Searls

Omar Fadul


Omar and pianist Natasha Nikiforova

The duo started in 2001 when both were students at the Russian Gnesin’s Academy, in Moscow. They, then, were oriented by Prof. Leonid Block in the chamber music course at the Academy. They rapidly gained space in the musical life of Moscow and also started playing in other cities of Russia. In 2006, Natasha and Omar won the first prize of the international chamber music competition “XXI Century Art”, in Ukraine. Their repertoire ranges from the baroque to contemporary music.

Listen to a sample of the duo:

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 Omar Fadul (flute) Natasha Nikiforova (piano) A. Roussel,Joueurs de Flute, mov.4 (Mr. de la Pejaudie)

Omar and pianist Tibor Fittel

Friends. This is the word to describe this partnership. They met in 1997 at the Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro. Since then, Omar and Tibor have played more than 300 concerts and can easily go from the complex world of classical music of any period to the dynamic simplicity of popular songs and improvisations. Their performances were said to be “an enthusiastic way of showing how easy it is to play music.” Among their activities two important projects should be mentioned: In 2003 they played over 20 concerts in major Brazilian cities under the “Uniarte Music Project” and in 2008 and 2009 they were awarded with the “Railroad Sound Project” in which they gave master classes and played in forty nine (49) Brazilian cities, all of which were part of the historical development of the railroads in Brazil.

Omar and composer Jesse Searls

These two guys were made to work together. They met at the Ohio State University in 2008, during the last year of their Masters Degree studies. They had to work together managing the recording studios of the School of Music since the very first day of their acquaintance.  The studio work went well and a great friendship began. Composition was a constant part of their discussions and their collaboration started with the Rhapsody for Flute and Wind Ensemble. Jesse composed the piece especially for Omar, whom premiered it in May of 2009 with the Symphonic Band of the Ohio State University conducted by Richard Blatti.

Listen to a sample of Jesse Searls’ Rhapsody for Flute and Winds: Omar Fadul (flute), The Ohio State University Symphonic Band, Richard Blatti (conductor)