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"The Buzz on Nina"

Addictive Performances...
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The buzz on Nina Perlove

"Beautiful tone, fluidity and phrasing."
Martin Steinberg, music journalist


“Nina Perlove is a relatively young, but very experienced, flutist with a growing reputation....Moreover, she is a fine writer, music critic, and advocate for modern music....In the past few months, Perlove has garnered great praise and strong support from many corners of the flute world....The off her ideas and her obvious talent very well. Take time to explore this rich website and to listen and watch her exceptional performances. You will be impressed.”
Jerry Pritchard, The Flute Network (USA)

“Well done, Nina. You are sounding great.”
Sir James Galway, international soloist and recording artist

“A terrific flutist with the right combination of talent and personality.”
Jimmy Walker, Yamaha Flute Artist, Studio Musician, Faculty USC and Colburn Conservatory, USA

“A highly poised, communicative soloist...[with a] well-focused sound, brilliant technique, and a dynamic musical personality. Always stylistically aware, she can infuse a long, lyrical solo with beautiful phrasing and coloristic effects, or inject special life into an angular, gritty contemporary musical line. Through her REALFLUTE web project Nina inspires and connects flute players worldwide because she is honest--intellectually and musically--and totally committed to sharing her passion for the flute.”
Leone Buyse, Faculty, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Former Principal Flutist of the Boston Symphony/Pops, USA

"I loved your masterclasses on the [Tan Dun Internet Symphony], they were really informative and well done."
Gareth Davies, Principal Flute, London Symphony Orchestra, UK

“I very much like your approach to individual expression and to presenting concert performances that are really the way they are.”
Robert Dick, composer and international soloist, USA

“In my opinion [Nina] is...not only one of the best flute players in the world, but she knows how to communicate and to teach. She knows how to make the complicated understandable.”
John Axsom, author of, USA

“Very moving, very poetic and powerful performance. You really sing through the flute beautifully. Phrasing is wonderful. Intonation, never a problem. I'm impressed at your flawless ability to move from very high to very low notes.”
KC Payton, USA

“Every time I hear you play is like the sirens of the sea are calling me!”
Arturo Z., Mexico

“Your sense of rhythm is amazing (something not many people except jazz musicians might notice) and you have a distinct ‘swing’ (dare I say it) in the classical sense. Lovely style, technique and interpretation. Fluid and nice to listen to (and learn from).”
Bruce Conway, Victoria, BC, Canada

"Unassuming, but very is a significant measure of her gifts that she has earned a global following."
The American Israelite

"Amongst the many wonderful piccolo performances taking place during the 36th NFA was Nina Perlove’s energetic performance of “Danza Florida” for solo piccolo by the Mexican composer Juan Trigos, which stole the show. In addition to the great technical demands expected of the soloist, this piece also requires the performer to speak syllables, scream, and wear bells strapped to the legs!"
Christie Beard, The NFA Convention Chronicles - various critics and audience comments

"F6 PIccolo!"

Amongst the many wonderful piccolo performances taking place during the 36th NFA convention was Sarah Jackson’s captivating performance of Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto, Op. 50, featured on the Bam! F6 Concertos Gala Concert; and, during the Tribute to Jack Wellbaum, for me it was Nina Perlove’s energetic performance of “Danza Florida” for solo piccolo by the Mexican composer Juan Trigos, which stole the show. In addition to the great technical demands expected of the soloist, this piece also requires the performer to speak syllables, scream, and wear bells strapped to the legs! (Although composed in 1990, the piece only exists in manuscript form and is not yet available for publication.) The NFA premiere of a new piccolo concerto by David Finko was artfully performed by Lois Herbine, for whom the work was written, and is a welcome addition to the piccolo’s ever-growing repertoire. Several interpretations of “Gravitiy’s Ghost” for solo piccolo by Robert Dick—the required piece for the Piccolo Artist Competition—were heard during the finals of the Piccolo Artist Competition, for which Karen Eichinger, Virginia Crabtree, and Jihye Choi were named the winner, second place, and third place, respectively. There were too many piccolo performances taking place during the NFA this year to mention them all, a trend which I sincerely hope will be continued at the next convention in New York City in 2009.

— Christie Beard
review link: - National Flute Association

"YouTube has Turned Nina Perlove Into a Flute Phenom"

For Nina Perlove, one look at the flute was love at first sight. That love has never wavered and Perlove has been blessed with a
life filled with travel and unique experiences.
The journey began when she was seven years-old watching her older sister play. “It [flute playing] came to me pretty easily in the
beginning so it was something I could do without a whole lot of effort,” says Perlove.
Nina’s grandfather Joseph Millman was a very accomplished amateur guitar and banjo player. His nickname was “Banjo Jerry.”
When Perlove visited, he taught her to play the guitar and sing famous Vaudeville and Broadway songs. “There was a lot of music
in the family through him and I think that had a lot of influence on my interest in music,” commented Perlove.
Perlove had to choose between flute and acting during her sophomore year of high school. During that year, she travelled with her
high school orchestra from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Germany and Austria. After the trip, Nina chose to play the flute.
Perlove then attended the University of Michigan where she received a Bachelor of
Music in Flute Performance. From there, she earned a Fulbright grant to study flute at
the Paris Conservatory for two years. Perlove played the flute in Paris with some of
the greatest players in the world.
“The opportunity for me to go and study the French method and to actually be able to
absorb and be a part of that method for a full two years with the other students and
teachers was something that very few Americans ever get the opportunity to do,”
Perlove explains.
Perlove received her master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College
Conservatory of Music in Flute Performance and went on to get her doctorate in 2003
to teach flute at the college level. She is currently teaching part-time at Northern
Kentucky University.
The Internet eventually provided Perlove a chance to teach millions of people. The
first web video project she worked on was for a non-profit organization in Cincinnati
called the Starling Project Foundation. Perlove was involved in the implementation of
a web site called, which is an online “book” of 175 training
videos and was developed by Kurt Sassmannshaus, chair of the String Department at
CCM. The site grew to more than 2.5 million hits a month in 2007.
It was around that time when Perlove became aware of the power of YouTube.
“When you build a web site you have to go out and find your audience and drag them back to your web site. YouTube is different
because the people are already there and you just have to jump in,” according to Perlove.
Perlove recorded her first flute video in February 2007 to see who would listen and what kinds of comments would be posted. Now,
Perlove has nearly 1,000 subscribers to her channel on YouTube and about 400,000 page views.
“As a musician you have to have a very strong backbone to put yourself on YouTube. Anyone in the world can say anything they
want about anything. You have to be willing to have confidence in yourself and what you are doing or don’t do it.”
By posting her flute videos, Perlove is in essence bringing a concert to all corners of
the world from her living room. After the success of YouTube, Perlove built a web site
called, which incorporates her videos, other links, a short
biography of Nina, blogs and much more. She never thought her videos on YouTube
or her web site would catch on so quickly—it hasn’t even been one year since the first
YouTube video.
Now, Perlove encourages everyone to post their work online using the video response
feature on YouTube, which allows an individual to post a video response to Nina’s
work. YouTube has made Perlove want to take her show to the real world–actually
teaching and playing with the people who are posting comments and video responses
The Internet provides a chance for anyone to break into the vibrant artistic community
of Cincinnati. YouTube gives you the power to discover new talent…or be discovered.
To see Nina's web site for more information about her visit

article link: - David's Voice

"Music Video Today"

"So here's a use for music video. Nina Perlove, a flutist in Ohio who's in the YouTube Symphony, sent music for a flute and guitar duet to another YouTube Symphony player, Celso Garcia, a guitarist in Spain. Garcia posted a video to YouTube of himself playing the guitar part, and Perlove replied with a video of herself playing along with him. Last night, they played the duet together live at the Poisson Rouge. Small potatoes, perhaps; but possibly a more useful kind of collaboration.

Now I'm curious: how much do you, as a classical music listener, use YouTube, and how do you use it?

Edited to add: Obviously I'm not a videographer either, but here, in the spirit of YouTube, is some footage of open-mic night at the Poisson Rouge. After an introduction by Ed Sanders of YouTube, performers include the cellist Joshua Roman (an acclaimed soloist who is appearing with the orchestra), the clarinetist Marco Antonio Mazzini Herrera, from Peru, the flutist Nina Perlove, from Ohio, and the guitarist Celso Garcia Blanco, from Spain."

link to article and video: - Washington Post (Anne Midgett)

"Tuning Up: The YouTube Symphony Debut"

...One performer who felt quite natural in front of the camera was Nina Perlove, a flute teacher from Cincinatti who's been active on YouTube for over two years. "I actually have a channel dedicated to flute performing and teaching that has about 3,000 subscribers," she said. "My subscribers were actually the ones who alerted me to the audition, and even though I wasn't originally planning to try out myself, I made several teaching videos related to the repertoire and was encouraged by the response."

Ms. Perlove also noted that the rehearsals had gone swimmingly so far. "We're in excellent hands with MTT. He saw all the audition videos, so he knew what he had to work with, and almost all of us have orchestral experience of some kind, so we know what to expect from the first downbeat," she said. "In rehearsal, MTT goes fast, and it's 'go go go' right from the start, so not knowing each other's languages doesn't really come into play that much, because there's no time for them!"

article link: - Wall Street Journal

"More clippings"

Go to this link for more clippings of Nina in the news: - various

"WNKU Radio Interview"

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY (WNKU) - A flute teacher at Northern Kentucky University has found a way to reach students around the world. In addition to her duties at NKU, Nina Perlove conducts classes over the Internet on YouTube. The classically-trained flutist tells WNKU's Steve Hirschberg that she came up with the idea while she was Executive Director of the Starling Project Foundation, an organization that helps violin prodigies.

To hear the interview, click this link:

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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 5.5 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. Reviewers have called her "amazing," “a worldwide phenomenon,” and critic Kenny Crane named her “An Official Youtube Star.”

As an expert in using technology and social networking to build loyal audiences, Nina offers a groundbreaking media package to presenters which allows her to create innovative, customized, pre-concert videos and interactive web resources targeted to your local audience to generate buzz within your community in advance of her appearance. Nina also offers live and web-based outreach programs to your local schools and communities.

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. 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).

Perlove is available for recitals, solo appearances with orchestra, festivals, and outreach/masterclasses.

For booking information contact