September 2022: Doctoral studies in London
Nina is excited to be joining the Doctoral Research Programme (PhD candidate) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her research will focus on Western classical music education in non-Western environments.
July 2022: Art Song Festival in Chennai and Bangalore
Nina was delighted to return to Chennai as director of the Art Song Festival, held at KM Music Conservatory in partnership with Trinity Laban International Academies. The festival saw masterclasses for performers and composers, a competition showcase and song concerts for packed audiences at Chennai’s Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and the Bangalore International Centre, including premieres of new songs by Indian composers.
July 2022: ‘Appreciating Sound’ for Avid Learning and the Royal Opera House, Mumbai
Nina was delighted to join tenor Sandeep Gurrapadi in delivering a workshop on ‘Appreciating Sound through Creative Production’ for Avid Learning, in partnership with Royal Opera House, Mumbai. Nina and Sandeep worked with performers from diverse backgrounds on vocal sound production and group composition, and had a lot of fun!
June 2022: Glyndebourne Academy Anniversary
In June Nina will join other alumni of the Glyndebourne Academy opera programme for its ten-year anniversary weekend, with vocal workshops, masterclasses, discussions and performances. Nina was a member of the programme’s first cohort in 2012. She looks forward to returning to Glyndebourne to discuss all things opera and music education!
May 2022: Eugene Onegin with Instant Opera
In May, Nina will join Instant Opera and the Bart’s Academic Festival Orchestra to sing the role of Tatyana in their concert performance of Eugene Onegin (postponed since 2020).
March 2022: Teddington Choral Society
Nina is excited to join Teddington Choral Society as their new vocal coach, working with conductor Julian Collings to integrate healthy vocal technique into choral singing.
February 2022: Songbound
Nina is delighted to be joining the charity Songbound as their newest trustee. Songbound has run choir projects with some of India’s most marginalised children for the last ten years, working together with local musicians to create sustainable change through music.
February 2022: Forthcoming performances
In April, Nina is looking forward to joining the Philharmonia Voices for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Royal Albert Hall, and the Philharmonia Chorus for a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Royal Albert Hall.
December 2021: Messiah in London
Nina was pleased to join the Philharmonia Chorus again as a longstanding member of their professional singer scheme, singing in two performances of Handel’s Messiah at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
December 2021: Recording of new song repertoire for the Art Song Festival
Nina was thrilled to partner with tenor Sandeep Gurrapadi and pianist Karl Lutchmayer at Trinity Laban’s studio in December, to record new art songs written by Indian composers for the 2021 Art Song Festival. We look forward to sharing these soon!
October 2021: New collaborations with adult choirs
Nina has been appointed interim musical director of the Crouch End Singers, and has also been leading sessions with A-Chord, based in Finchley. She looks forward to helping support these groups find their voices again, after the pandemic.
September 2021: North London Collegiate School
Nina is looking forward to joining North London Collegiate School as their new singing teacher (maternity cover).
July 2021: Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Nina is delighted to have been awarded a distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for her Postgraduate Certificate in Performance Teaching.
June 2021: Art Song Festival 2021
Nina is director of India’s first Art Song Festival, which this year is delivered online in a new partnership between KM Music Conservatory and Trinity Laban International Academies. The festival will feature free vocal masterclasses, a composition workshop and a competition for singers in India and beyond. Find out more: www.kmmconline.com/artsong
March 2021: Opera Prelude Lecture Series
Nina is pleased to have returned to Opera Prelude (where she was previously a Young Artist), to give the online lecture, When East meets West: Bringing Opera to Chennai. Nina and guests Dr Adam Greig and Sandeep Gurrapadi discuss their experiences of teaching and performing in Chennai, and the place of Western classical music education in India, in this online lecture broadcast on 9 March. Watch the lecture online for a small donation, which goes towards Opera Prelude’s programme supporting young opera singers.
January 2021: SIFF Young Artiste 2020
Nina was delighted to continue in her mentorship role for SIFF Young Artiste 2020, giving a second vocal workshop for talented young Indian singers as part of their Advanced Mentorship Programme.
December 2020: Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
Nina is pleased to have been made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). The award recognises individual contribution and commitment to teaching and professional values in higher education.
December 2020: Vox Madras Christmas performance
Vox Madras were delighted to perform for Bangalore’s Christ University Choir’s Magnificat festival, this year hosted online. View their performance of Peter Cornelius’s The Three Kings on YouTube.
November 2020: SIFF Young Artiste 2020
Nina is pleased to be a mentor for the SIFF Young Artiste 2020 competition, part of their Advanced Mentorship Programme for talented young singers from all over India.
July 2020: Guest artist at the Bangalore International Centre
Nina is a guest artist for the online Beethoven Variations series at the Bangalore International Centre in July. She performs Beethoven accompanied by pianist Karl Lutchmayer, appearing alongside poet Ruth Padel, the South Asian Symphony Orchestra and the Endellion String Quartet in a four-part programme.
June 2020: Studies at the Guildhall School in London
Nina is pleased to have been offered a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying on their PG Certificate in Performance Teaching for 2020-21.
May 2020: Eugene Onegin with Instant Opera, London – this has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic
Nina will perform the role of Tatyana for a concert performance with Instant Opera on 17 May, making her role debut in Russian.
April 2020: Vox Madras Easter Concert, Amir Mahal, Chennai – this has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic
On 8 April Nina will conduct Vox Madras in a concert of choral and opera works for Easter. We are grateful to Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali – Dewan to Prince of Arcot, for inviting us to perform at the family’s beautiful historic palace, the Amir Mahal.
April 2020: Art Song Festival 2020, Chennai – this has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic
India’s first art song festival will take place across a series of venues, including concerts, workshops and masterclasses given by visiting artists. This new festival, directed by Nina, aims to bring western classical art song to new audiences in India. The opening concert takes place on 16 April at Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, where Nina and pianist Karl Lutchmayer will perform Beethoven and Schumann. More details to be announced shortly.
January 2020: Art Song Festival Launch
India’s first art song festival launched at KM Music Conservatory in January with a concert featuring Patricia Rozario, Mark Troop, Adam Greig and Nina, followed by a student masterclass. The main festival, organised by Nina, takes place between 16-19 April in Chennai.
December 2019: Vox Madras at Goethe Institut
In December the newly formed vocal ensemble Vox Madras, led by Nina, gave their debut concert of Christmas choral and opera classics to a packed auditorium at Chennai’s Goethe Institut.
November 2019: Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Lille
Nina was a member of the Philharmononia Chorus (as part of their Professional Singers ensemble) in November, when they performed Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Lille. The choir performed alongside the Orchestre National de Lille at the Auditorium du Nouveau Siecle, conducted by Alexandre Bloch.
February 2019: KM Music Conservatory, Chennai
In 2019, Nina will be joining the music faculty at KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India, where she will teach Western Classical singing, musicianship, performance masterclass and music history.
December 2018: North International Music Competition
Nina is pleased to have been awarded second prize in the Vocal section of the 2018 North International Music Competition
September 2018: Forthcoming concerts
Nina will be the soprano soloist in these forthcoming concerts: the first Rachmaninov Song Festival at Pushkin House in November, Brahms’s German Requiem with Epsom Choral Society on 17 November, Mozart’s Requiem with the choir of St Giles-in-the-Fields in London on 24 November, and Fauré’s Requiem and Dvořák’s Mass in D with Buckingham Choral Society on 1 December.
July 2018: Grabowsky Connell Prize and Brel Academy of Song
Nina has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a distinction and the Grabowsky Connell Prize, awarded for high achievement throughout her studies. This summer Nina will study with Joseph Middleton and Amanda Roocroft at the Brel Academy of Art Song, for which she is gratefully supported by the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust.
June 2018: Summer Concerts
On 10 June, Nina joined Opera Cabaret for their evening gala concert, performing arias and ensembles at London’s Cecil Sharp House. At the end of May, Nina gave her final recital at the Royal Academy of Music, for which she was awarded a distinction.
April 2018: Spring Concerts
In April Nina was pleased to appear in a lunchtime recital at the Royal Academy of Music, performing songs by Duparc, Wagner, Britten, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff alongside pianist Leo Nicholson. In May, Nina will give a lunchtime recital for Opera Prelude with tenor Richard Dowling, and join Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society for a performance of Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
March 2018: Petite Messe Solonnelle with The Camden Choir
Nina will be the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle on 24 March, joining The Camden Choir for an evening concert at St Paul’s, Covent Garden.
February 2018: Performances at the Royal Academy of Music
Nina will be appearing as Bellini’s Norma in the Vocal Faculty Opera Scenes performances on 8 & 9 February at Rudolph Steiner House theatre. She will also be joining pianist Leo Nicholson for a masterclass with Helmut Deutsch, working on German Lieder.
January 2018: Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize
Nina is pleased to have been awarded third prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, accompanied by pianist Leo Nicholson. Finalists performed individual recitals of Schumann lieder in an evening’s concert on 23 January, with judges Graeme Broadbent and James Cheung.
December 2017: Seasonal Concerts
This December Nina was pleased to be selected as a young singer with Opera Co-Pro, performing in a masterclass and concert of excerpts from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana at the Italian Cultural Institute in London, with conductor Nicholas Chalmers and soprano Carmen Solis. Nina also made her debut as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, performing with the Barnes Choir under Julian Collings.
November 2017: Josephine Baker Trust Artist
Nina is pleased to have been selected as a Josephine Baker Trust Artist at the Royal Academy of Music. The Trust offers performing opportunities to selected young singers at the Academy through concert and recital engagements.
October 2017: Opera Prelude Artist
Nina is very happy to have been invited to join Opera Prelude as one of their young singers. The charity supports the development of young singers through performance opportunities, masterclasses, financial support and career development. Nina made her Opera Prelude debut this October, singing in a masterclass with renowned tenor Neil Shicoff at London’s Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall.