Born in Amman, Jordan to an architect father and mother who enjoys painting and music, ZADE was raised in a culture that promoted the values of compassion and tolerance. He began composing music for piano and orchestra at age 16, and at 19 saw his musical compositions come to life during his first public concert debut accompanied by the National Music Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at the ancient Citadel and site of the Temple of Hercules in Amman. Afterwards, he moved to America to continue his music studies at Santa Clara University and later at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music where he majored in music composition as well as music business and management.
Described as a “piano prodigy” by People, ZADE writes from the heart and plays with a passion and purpose beyond his 29 years. No stranger to American audiences, ZADE’s albums have spent months on the U.S. Billboard charts – beginning in 2003 with his self-titled debut album, ZADE, and culminating most recently with his first Top 10 and Top 20 chart positions. The CD for ZADE’s latest epic project: One Night in Jordan debuted on Billboard at #2 on the New Age Chart, #5 on the Classical Crossover Chart, and #11 on the Overall Classical Chart. ZADE’s accompanying DVD also debuted on Billboard’s Top DVD/Music Video Charts at #18. ZADE has toured extensively throughout the U.S and other parts of the world. His wild popularity in Jordan has helped his albums consistently reach No. 1 on the Jordanian album charts. ZADE has been officially endorsed by YAMAHA pianos thus joining the very select artist roaster of YAMAHA artists, playing and representing the brand’s piano exclusively where ever he plays.
In his continued pursuit of cross-cultural understanding, ZADE launched “The ZADE Foundation for International Peace and Understanding.” The non profit organization is aimed at helping young musicians share with the world a deeper understanding of their culture by offering them a unique opportunity to expand their roles from musicians to proactive peace builders and future community leaders. Surmised ZADE, “Whether working with students from war torn regions in the Middle East, or from America and Europe, the findings are always the same: we all share the same dream of living in peace, providing a safe environment built on justice and mutual respect where our children can grow together as members of one human family.”