Monday, July 11, 2011

Berlin Philharmonic GIFT FOR YOU

If you have not yet experienced the amazing Digital Concert Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic, what are you waiting for? It brings the orchestra to life for you at home, with the ability to watch LIVE concerts as well as past concerts in splendid high definition video with incredible audio quality. The production on these concerts is gorgeous.  I even hooked up my HD Sony TV with internet capability to sync right to the Digital Concert Hall so I can watch Emmanuel Pahud and the rest of the flute section right on my big screen! And the best part is that they have very kindly offered a gift of a FREE 24 hr pass just for you, my followers! 

The first 1000 users who redeem Aug 31st will get to see a free concert. Just give the code below at the Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall checkout and enjoy! 


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

From Sydney: classical TALENT down under

Well I finally arrived in Sydney after 27 grueling hours of traveling.  After resting a bit and taking a walk along the harbor, my first order of business was to attend a private house concert of my dear friend, Australian flutist Jane Rutter. She performed with Taryn Feibig, rising star of the Australian opera scene and pianist Chris Carter. I could not have had a better introduction to the talent pool of the Australian classical music scene, and with a view to match!  The concert was a fundraiser for flood relief, and successfully raised over 11,000 AUD!  Jane and I were both students of Alain Marion (at different times) but share his expressive love for musical nuance. Despite being jet-lagged, the concert was worth the trip!  What's even better, is that Jane invited me back to take in a beach swim and play some duets together, seaside!  Good thing I brought my bathing suit and a book of Telemann duets!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Nina's Thoughts on YouTube Symphony 2011 Grand Finale

I had the wonderful pleasure to be a part of the 2011 YouTube Symphony in Sydney, Australia. What an incredible week!  I performed in several outdoor concerts, in a jam session at The Basement nightclub, and during the live event, I co-hosted the intermission show with Berlin Philharmonic horn player Sarah Willis (video below).

 Here is what Google is reporting for the concert's live stream statistics:

"[The YTSO] performance was historic. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Grand Finale live stream was the largest live stream we've ever done here at YouTube. We connected 30.7 million
streams on computers and a further 2.8 million streams on mobile devices. The previous leader was U2 live on YouTube. We're really thrilled with this result."

I really suggest you watch the entire show which was breathtaking and moving. I honestly think that I experienced this concert in more varied ways than anyone else in the world!

I watched the first half of the show from the outdoor viewing area at Dawes Point on the Sydney Harbor, which had the most incredible views of the outdoor projections. During intermission, I interviewed Android, who calls himself a Digital Alchemist of Light.

Then I watched part of the second half from the projection production area where I got to see Android Jones create his artwork live and watch the Obscura team in action.

Then in the car on the way back to the opera house, I watched the concert from my nexus s android phone using the YTSO app. Don't worry, I wasn't driving!

Once at the opera house, I saw a few bits on the monitor in the backstage green room.

Then I slipped into the audience to watch the last few pieces of the program in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House, where the acoustics and the energy from the audience were exhilarating!

Of course, I also watched videos of the concert from my computer after the live event was over!

I got very choked up during the concert. All these musicians were previously just 101 videos, but by the end of our time in Sydney, they were truly 101 friends (plus all the wonderful mentors, conductors, soloists, and staff with whom I worked closely).

How will the YTSO ever top this? I don't know, but I sure hope I will be a part of it when they do.


p.s. Feel free to visit my photo albums from Sydney on my facebook page.

Flute Mashup Video from a fan

A fan sent me this mashup video he made which features some clips of one of my videos for a song he wrote. I'm not actually playing in the video and I think the flute sound is synth generated, but I thought it was awfully nice of him to want to include my video. It is always fun for me to see how youtube artists are constantly adapting and reinventing material and sometimes (as in this case), my work ends up in the mix in surprising ways!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Teaching Videos by Nina Perlove, all in one place

Is the Flute for You? by Elaine Landau

I really enjoyed this lovely children's book, "Is the Flute for You?" which has great illustrations, descriptions of the instrument, and profiles of some great flutists. You'll even see a quote from a familiar flutist (me!) on page 34! Enjoy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

composition contest

Composers out there, check this out:

Fifteen Minutes of Fame written for Zentripetal
The one-minute violin and cello duets are to be inspired by and written specifically for this project to be performed by the duo Zentripetal featuring Lynn Bechtold on violin and Jen DeVore on cello. Zentripedal is up for adventurous works which included extended techniques, doubling on percussion instruments, etc. 

• Works need to be submitted via email to by February 10, 2011
• Email submissions should include the 50-word bio and 50-word program notes as text in an email. 
• The picture should be an attached jpg file, and the score should be an attached PDF. 
• No works over a minute will be reviewed. 
• The results will be announced by February 28 on the Vox Novus website, and composers of 15 accepted works will be notified by email. 

Zentripetal has performed recitals and programs at Galapagos in DUMBO, the Goethe Institut NYC, the Roerich Museum, the Players Theatre, and the Renee Weiler Concert Hall at Greenwich House. Zentripetal will be performing debuting new works and performing pieces from their upcoming cd due to be released in the early fall. 

Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, Holland, and Switzerland. An advocate of contemporary music, she has worked with composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works on the Princeton Composers' Series and Composers Concordance. In 2001, she gave the premiere of "Violynn," a work for violin and electronics written for her by Alvin Lucier. 

Cellist Jennifer DeVore has appeared at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Zankel Hall and Weill Hall and at the Musicorda, Yellow Barn and Spoleto festivals. Groups she has played with include the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Pi, the Jose Limon Dance Company, and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra.