Nina Shekhar, composer

Nina Shekhar (b. 1995) is an emerging composer currently based in Michigan whose music explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter.  Her works have been performed in concert by leading artists such as ETHEL, soprano Tony Arnold, Third Angle New Music, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker and have been featured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, I Care if You Listen, WQXR New Sounds, TUTTI Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Detroit REVIVAL Project in collaboration with dance troupe ArtLab J. She has also previously collaborated with the JACK Quartet, and upcoming events include premieres at National Sawdust and a feature on her piece Quirkhead, about O.C.D. and mental illness, in a forthcoming PBS documentary chronicling the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.  Nina is a recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Award and a finalist in the 2017 Morton Gould Awards.

Aside from composing, Nina is a versatile performing artist. As a flutist, she currently studies with Amy Porter and has previously performed in masterclasses given by Flutronix (Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull), Tim Munro, Claire Chase, and composer/flutist Ian Clarke. She has also premiered fellow composers’ works at the Midwest Composers Symposium and New Music on the Point Summer Festival. As a pianist, she has performed in the Poland International Piano Festival as a soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic and studied under Tomoko Mack. Nina was selected to perform in the Detroit International Jazz Festival with her jazz band in 2012 and 2013 as lead alto saxophonist.

Nina is completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan receiving dual degrees in music composition and chemical engineering, and will begin pursuing composition graduate studies in the fall.  Her mentors include Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Erik Santos, Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, and James Hartway.