String Faculty: Nina Beilina

String Faculty: Nina Beilina

Nina Beilina's career was launched behind the Iron Curtain, after winning the Enescu International competition, Grand-Prix at the Long-Thibaud International competition and 3rd place at the Tchaikovsky International competition. The premier female violinist in Soviet Russia, Beilina appeared in recital and with orchestra in every major city in the former Soviet Union, in Scandinavia and South America. Beilina subsequently emigrated to the United States, and made her New York recital debut shortly thereafter. Since her arrival in the West, her concerts have captivated audiences and critics worldwide. “Hers is the kind of solid violinistic talent that ought to be heard on a regular basis” (The New York Times); “A sound so powerful, so enormous that it appears epic…fulminating… mathematically infallible, bordering on the incredible” (IL Messsagero, Rome); “playing equal to all demands… exact yet free as the flight of a bird” (The London Times). In recognition of her extraordinary achievements, Beilina was awarded the Vercelli Gold Medal (Vercelli Medaglia D'oro) as Musician of the Year for 1983, an honor she shares with the likes of Renata Tebaldi, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Igor Stravinsky.

Nina Beilina performs regularly in concert and recital on four continents. She has appeared numerous times in recitals at halls such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the 92nd Street “Y”, and in concert with the Chicago, Baltimore, St. Louis, Minnesota, and the American Symphony orchestras, among many others. She has also performed with the Orpheus and with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras, the Santa Cecilia Symphony, the RAI Orchestras of Milan, Rome and Turin, the Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Jerusalem, Natal and Cape Town Symphonies. Her 2000-2001 season includes repeated tours in Germany and Italy, as well as many performances in the US. On a more unusual note, Beilina will be appearing in Munich with pianist Richard van School and famed German actor Thomas Holtzmann in a cross-disciplinary performance of the “Kreutzer” Sonata- Beethoven's and Tolstoy's.

Beilina has premiered numerous works, including Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style, Boris Tischenko's Violin Fantasy, and Mark Kopytman's “Dedication”, all of which were written for her. Among her extensive discography in the West there are the premieres of her arrangements and reconstructions of works by Bach, Piazzola, Gershwin and many others. In addition, Beilina recorded extensively for Russia's zMelodya label before leaving the former Soviet Union.

Nina Beilina began her musical studies at the Central Music School in Moscow under Professor Abraham Yampolsky, and the entered the Moscow Conservatoire. She continued her post-graduate studies in St. Peterburg with Leopold Auer's disciple, Julius Eidlin, and completed her formal training under David Oictrakh. In addition to her concert engagements, Beilina is a distinguished, much sought-after teacher, a professor at the Mannes College of Music in New York, and gives annual master classes in Italy. Beilina is the founder and artistic director of the New York City's Bachanalia , which  celebrated  its 13th anniversary season in 2001.