Gerald Fischer Fellow
Nina 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 featured at the National Flute Association Convention, 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. Aside from composing, Nina is a versatile performing artist. As a flutist, she currently studies with Amy Porter and previously with Holly Clemans. Nina previously performed in a masterclass given by Flutronix, a cutting-edge New York-based ensemble that incorporates electronics into contemporary classical music. 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 and in her free time enjoys movies, road trips, and eating sushi.