Nina Shekhar | composer
Nina Shekhar (b. 1995) is currently a fifth-year undergraduate at the University of Michigan pursuing dual degrees in music composition and chemical engineering. Her 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, TUTTI Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music on the Point, and Detroit REVIVAL Project in collaboration with dance troupe ArtLab J. She has also previously collaborated with the JACK Quartet, and 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. Current projects include a new work for members of Eighth Blackbird as part of the Blackbird Creative Lab in which she will be participating as the 2018 Lewis Vilensky Family Fellow. Other upcoming events in the fall include featured performances at Carnegie Hall and National Sawdust. Shekhar is a recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Morton Gould Awards.
Aside from composing, Shekhar is a versatile performing artist. As a flutist, she currently studies with Amy Porter and previously with Holly Clemans. Shekhar 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. Shekhar was selected to perform in the Detroit International Jazz Festival with her jazz band in 2012 and 2013 as lead alto saxophonist.
Her mentors include Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Erik Santos, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, and James Hartway.