First Prize Winner in the Laurence Beauregard Competition and winner of the 2009 YouTube Symphony international competition, Sankyo Artist Nina Perlove is one of the most listened to classical flutists of her generation with over 4 million views to her online video performances and tutorials worldwide. Perlove’s mesmerizing performances, inspiring teaching, and remarkable ability to distribute her art in a meaningful way over the internet are transforming classical music and reinvigorating audiences on every continent, from young children to retirees and everyone in between. Reviewers have called her “a worldwide phenomenon”, and in 2007 Critic Kenny Crane named her “An Official Youtube Star”. Her groundbreaking website www.realfluteproject.com has earned a loyal following and combines her dynamic video performances and teaching with musical commentary, research, and links, to serve as a comprehensive resource for flutists.
A product of the finest French and American training, Perlove has won prizes in numerous contests, including the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition, the Cincinnati Flute Symposium Performer’s Competition, and the Richardson Young Artist Competition. She has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including appearances in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Austria and has extensive performance experience in both traditional and contemporary solo and chamber music. Perlove frequently works with composers on the creation of new works, including her recent world premiere of Philip Koplow’s Upon Listening to the Flute: Korean Impressions for Flute and Orchestra. In orchestras, Perlove has held positions with the Spoleto USA and Graz Festival Orchestras, the Jackson and Lansing Michigan Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared with the Charleston Symphony. Perlove has given masterclasses in the United States and Italy and is currently on the faculty of Northern Kentucky University. She has adjudicated competitions including the Concours General de Musique Leopold BELLAN, the Midsouth Flute Society, the Central Ohio Flute Fair, and the Overture Awards. She is a judge for the 2009 National Flute Association Dissertation Prize.
In addition to her flute performing and teaching, Perlove “is a fine writer, music critic, and advocate for modern music” (J. Pritchard, The Flute Network). Her articles have appeared in publications including Perspectives of New Music, American Music, Pan Magazine, Windplayer Magazine, Flute Talk Magazine, and The Flutist Quarterly. Her doctoral thesis on the flute music of Aaron Copland won the 2004 National Flute Association Dissertation Prize for outstanding contribution to flute scholarship. As Executive Director of the Starling Project Foundation from 2002-2007, she won a prestigious Webby Award for the teaching website Violinmasterclass.com, created a summer music school in Beijing, China, commissioned works by diverse composers, and created and performed in chamber music concerts for economically disadvantaged school children. Perlove was the 2009 Honoree by Leading Women Cincinnati in Arts and Entertainment.
Perlove began her flute studies at age seven in Ann Arbor, Michigan with teacher Nancy Waring. She continued her studies at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Keith Bryan and Leone Buyse, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Bradley Garner and Jack Wellbaum, earning a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2003. As the recipient of a Fulbright Grant in 1995, she spent two years in Paris where she studied with Sophie Cherrier and the late Alain Marion. She is currently working on a project to document Marion’s unique teaching style using recorded examples from her lessons with the former master teacher in Paris.