Nina Kiva began her studies of the cello at the age of four, six years later receiving a place to study at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Miriam Lowbury. After three years, she was invited to audition to the Purcell School of Music, by Alexander Boyarsky, where she was to continue her studies up to the age of eighteen.
She has given two recitals at the Beniamino Gigli Concert Hall as part of Boyarsky’s annual masterclass courses in Italy, and has performed as a soloist with the Vanbrugh Ensemble. Nina was also one of the finalists of the Purcell School Concerto Competition, a finalist for the Arthur Felsenstein Leavers’ award and was awarded the Erik Houston Prize in her final year at the school.
Alongside solo performance, Nina has performed in venues such as St. Martin in the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. James’ Palace and Buckingham Palace, as a chamber musician and orchestrally. She also performed in the Royal Greenwich String Quartet Festival, in collaboration between the Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Purcell School, with whom she also performed at the Wigmore Hall. Nina has also played with various Orchestras, such as the National Children’s Main Orchestra and as principal cellist for the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra. She has also had much outreach experience, involving interaction with children, and with adults through music.
After finishing five years at the Purcell School, Nina decided to return to the Royal College of Music, where she is financially supported by a Gander Dower Scholarship, studying with Thomas Carroll. So far in her time here, she has worked with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Juraj Valcuha, Rafael Payare and John Wilson, and has also played alongside Maxim Vengerov and Nicola Benedetti. She will also be returning to perform at the Wigmore Hall in July, with her piano trio.