Moroccan-Italian cellist, Najette Abouelhadi, is an active orchestral musician with a passion for community connectivity and inclusion. She currently holds fellowship positions with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Chicago Sinfonietta. As a fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the most diverse orchestra in the United States, she regularly gives concerts and presentations across the Chicagoland area by playing music by less-well known composers and artists of color in hopes of bringing awareness to the institutional benefits of diversity in our orchestras and in our field. Her love of orchestra started at the age of seven, and she has since gone on to be principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, as guest-principal with the Amarillo Symphony, and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Most recently she branched out of the classical world and performed a sold-out show with Norwegian DJ, Kygo, at The Anthem in Washington D.C. After being a recipient of the Presidential Community Service Award for six years, Najette has been committed to creating and supporting relationships with local Senior Centers, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers to bring talented performers out into the community. For Najette, music has always been about interacting with others and making friends and connections through music. She received both her Bachelor’s and Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute studying with Alan Stepansky.
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