"Nina has a gorgeous soft, almost melting touch - all in the great tradition of Claudio Arrau" - Westdeutsche Zeitung 19.05.2014
Born in 1997 in Leverkusen, Nina Gurol received her first piano lessons at the age of 6 years. A few years later, the age of 13 years she was accepted as a young student in the Pre-College Cologne at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Academy of Music and Dance Cologne), where she studied first with Prof. Nina Tichman and afterwards with Prof. Gesa Luecker. Since October 2015 she continues her studies as a full student with Prof. Luecker (piano performance).
Nina was awarded both home and abroad with numerous awards. Most recently she won the Mieczław Weinberg Award under the prestigious Tonali Music Prize. Concert engagements have taken her several times to the Cologne Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Essen, to the WDR Funkhaus Cologne, the Beethoven House in Bonn, to the Ehrbar Saal Wien, the Erholungshaus Leverkusen, the studio DuMont Cologne, as well as to performances in Austria, Italy, Poland and New York. Nina occurred already at prestigious festivals such as the Ruhr Piano Festival, the ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival Cologne, the Leipzig Bach Festival and the Köthener Bachfesttage. In addition to her regular cooperation with the pianist Tamara Stefanovich and the acclaimed composer York Höller she received other important impressions from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jerome Rose, Alexander Kobrin, Eduard Zilberkant and Massimiliano Ferrati.
She gained experiences as a soloist with orchestras like the Bayer Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Duryea, with the Rhein-Erft Philharmonic under Christian Letschert-Larsson, and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra Anna Mróz. In 2015 the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (German Music Foundation) took her in their restricted circle of scholars and distinguished her with the Carl-Heinz Illies Scholarship. 2016 she received not only the Gerd Bucerius scholarship from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, which enabled a semester abroad at the Conservatorio di Musica Bonporti in Italy, but also became a successful scholar of the Tonali Music Prize.
Nina's enthusiasm for contemporary music is reflected not only in her cooperation with the composer York Höller and the prestigious Ensemble for contemporary music "Studio MusikFabrik", but also in several world premieres of contemporary, as well as of own works, including the premiere of York Höller's "DuoPlay".
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