Ada Pasternak is a diamond taking shape under the pressure of many who expect great things from her genius talent. Graduating from Berklee School of Music on full scholarship, this violinist virtuoso simultaneously charms her audience with her girlish innocence while wooing them next with her sexiest of diva allures.
I fell in love with improvising and discovered my composing and song writing abilities. I started to sing Jazz standards and my original music, using the Violin as an accompaniment instrument, often plucking/strumming like a ukulele.”
This prodigy gave her first public performance with her violin at the age of 7 for a recital at the Manhattan School of Music. Coming from a family of musicians, Ada says they were always performing together, playing Classical and World Music. With all encouragement she got from her family and music school, Ada further experimented with her music. She started playing Jazz, Bluegrass, Rock and other types of music with her fellow students. However, it was, Music and Lyrics – her closest of allies, who turned her into an extraordinary performer, Ada says, “I fell in love with improvising and discovered my composing and song writing abilities. I started to sing Jazz standards and my original music, using the Violin as an accompaniment instrument, often plucking/strumming like a ukulele.”
Remarking on her wide range of songs she plays now, this musician says, “Some of my songs sound more Country or Folk while others sound more Pop or R&B. My Classical influence inevitably plays a big role in my musical genre which I’ve created by combining my experiences and passions for multiple genres.”
Ada’s performances hold a staggering power. During many of her performances Ada almost casually strums one moment, only to stun the listeners next with her extraordinary command over her instrument – not to mention her powerful lyrics. So, naturally, Ada too is affected with the music she plays. Her following statement proves how ingrained music is in her soul: “Music to me is movement, feeling, expression, love, happiness and sadness. It is Freedom and it is Hope.” Music has had her expose her soul, Ada says, and it has not been easy. But she says that the only reason why it’s worth is because it can touch someone’s heart and can make a difference in someone’s life.
Music to me is movement, feeling, expression, love, happiness and sadness. It is Freedom and it is Hope.”
Throughout her musical journey, Ada has attracted not just the attention of scores of avid music listeners, but also of artists such as Wyclef Jean, renowned French Jazz pianist Lulu Gainsbrough, Israel’s legendary Idan Raichel, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Gary Lucas and the late Lou Soloff of the iconic Blood, Sweat and Tears.
What has come along the way has not always been a bed of roses, Ada says she had many hard moments which made her take many risks, and bare her soul but giving up on one’s closest and heartfelt dream just ‘cause it’s hard was not an option, at least it is not for Ada, who says, “I have seen other people give up on their dream and that was enough for me to realize that I will never quit. I have been immersed in music since I was 6 years old so there’s no way I am stopping now.”
Ada Pasternak has been a bold diva, and a brilliant musician who leaped into the wide ocean of many other brilliant artists, but secured in her confidence of pushing through and making people smile with her music, this ingenious person has gained a massive fan base who gives her further encouragement that no matter what her music is here to stay.