nina shekhar head shotNina Shekhar (b. 1995) is currently a fifth-year undergraduate 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, soprano Tony Arnold, Third Angle New Music, and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker and have been featured by the National Flute Association, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017 TUTTI Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music on the Point, and the Detroit REVIVAL Project in collaboration with Detroit-based dance troupe ArtLab J. She has also previously collaborated with the JACK Quartet, and upcoming events include a performance by the L.A.-based Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and at the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference by members of the Mirasol Quartet. Her piece Quirkhead, about O.C.D. and mental illness, is scheduled to be featured in an upcoming PBS documentary chronicling the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. 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 flutists Claire Chase, Tim Munro, composer/flutist Ian Clarke, and electronic flute duo Flutronix. She has also premiered fellow composers’ works at the Midwest Composers Symposium and the 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 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’s mentors include Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Erik Santos, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, and James Hartway. She is a native of Northville, Michigan.