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Dona Nouné-Wiedmann


Dona Nouné-Wiedmann is one of our international musicians. She was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, and has lived in England, Canada, and Germany, where she started her musical career.

Her father was Lebanese (a violinist, naturally) and her mother was American (a cellist). Dona is fluent in Arabic, English and German, has a good grasp of French, and teaches all three at the Berlitz School in Cincinnati. She studied at USC (Los Angeles), Royal Academy of Music (London, England), Eastman School of Music Bachelor of Music, 1987) and Northwestern University (Master of Music, 1989).

Dona has been a member of the DPO First Violin section since 2001, was a member of the Nurnberger Symphoniker, Germany (1989–1996), and has performed as a substitute with both the Rochester Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the latter under director Claudio Abbado.

She continues to teach privately as well as participating in DPO’s SPARK program, teaching second-grade classes. Dona also taught earlier in her career, both in Germany and England.

She loves cooking—not baking, which requires precision measurements, but cooking, which allows more freedom! She also enjoys reading, long walks, gym workouts and recently discovered the joy of ballroom dancing. Dona lives in Cincinnati with her three daughters, twins who are 16 and an 18-year-old.

And if you attended the New Year’s Concert a couple of seasons ago, you heard Dona share a holiday greeting with all of us in Arabic.

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