Nai Barghouti to receive Concertgebouw Young Talent Award

The 2020 Concertgebouw Young Talent Award is going to the Palestinian singer, composer and flautist Nai Barghouti. On Thursday 7 May 2020, on the eve of the Mahler Festival, she will officially receive the award from The Concertgebouw’s managing director Simon Reinink. The 2020 Young Talent Award is made possible in part by The Concertgebouw’s main sponsor, Van Lanschot Kempen.

The Concertgebouw Young Talent Award – a study grant of €5,000 – is intended to help Nai Barghouti continue to develop her talents. Previous recipients of the award are the pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen (2011), violinist Noa Wildschut (2013), soprano Laetitia Gerards (2014), recorder player Lucie Horsch (2015), pianist Aidan Mikdad (2017) and pianist Nikola Meeuwsen (2019).

Simon Reinink: “Nai Barghouti is brimming with talent and has amazing presence as well as technical control. Her musicality is boundless. Whether she’s singing a jazz standard, an Arabic classical song or improvising on Bach, it’s effortless. She is a model for a new generation of musicians who embody and propagate various styles and cultures. It was absolutely clear to us that she had to receive this year’s Concertgebouw Young Talent Award.”

Nai Barghouti
The Palestinian singer, composer and flautist Nai Barghouti (23) began her musical career at the age of 14. Since then she has performed in many countries including Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait, Belgium, Austria, France, UK, Denmark and at the UN headquarters in New York. Now living in Amsterdam, Barghouti first studied at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana (US). In March 2019 she graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatoire and is now pursuing a master’s degree in jazz. Her Concertgebouw debut was last summer, with the Palestinian Youth Orchestra during the BankGiro Loterij Summer Concerts series. In November she gave a tribute concert to the Lebanese diva Fairouz during a sold-out Tracks concert in the Recital Hall.

Karl Guha, chairman of the board of Van Lanschot Kempen: “Supporting the arts is our way of helping to preserve and enrich our cultural heritage. Nai is exceptionally talented, and we are proud to be giving young talent a showcase with this award.”

Link to video with Nai Barghouti in The Concertgebouw:


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