Nina 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 and have been featured by the National Flute Association, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 2017 TUTTI Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and in the Detroit REVIVAL Project in collaboration with Detroit-based dance troupe ArtLab J. She has also previously collaborated with the JACK Quartet and is currently collaborating with soprano Tony Arnold and Third Angle New Music on a new work as part of the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music that will be featured on a new PBS documentary. 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 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. 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 Evan Chambers and has previously studied with Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, and James Hartway. She is a native of Northville, Michigan.