nina shekhar head shotNina Shekhar (b. 1995) is currently a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a B.M. in Music Composition and a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering. Her works have been performed in concert by leading artists such as ETHEL and have been featured by the National Flute Association, the 2017 TUTTI Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Midwest Composers Symposium, and in the Detroit REVIVAL Project in collaboration with Detroit-based dance troupe ArtLab J. Nina is a recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer 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 previously with Holly Clemans. Nina has previously performed in masterclasses given by flutist Claire Chase, composer/flutist Ian Clarke, and electronic flute duo Flutronix. She has also premiered fellow composers’ works at the Midwest Composers Symposium. As a pianist, she has performed in the Poland International Piano Festival as a soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic and studied under Tomoko Mack-Brzozowski and previously Brenda Krachenberg. Nina was selected to perform in the Detroit International Jazz Festival with her jazz band in 2012 and 2013 as lead alto saxophonist.

Nina currently studies with Bright Sheng and has previously studied with Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, and James Hartway. She is a native of Northville, Michigan.