Nina Ferrigno is a collaborative artist at home in a multitude of diverse musical settings.
Nina Ferrigno, described by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as "a magniﬁcent pianist," is a collaborative artist at home in a multitude of diverse musical settings. Her playing is said to be, “...always precise with superb accentuation and warmth of feeling...” Nina is a founding member of the Boston-based Calyx Piano Trio and has appeared in major concert venues throughout North America. She has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Her collaborative large ensemble appearances include those as principal keyboardist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).
Her recent festival appearances include those at Tanglewood, where the Calyx Piano Trio performed Tones of Clay, a newly commissioned work written for them by James Lee, III, and Summerfest (KC) performing music of Kenji Bunch. She has appeared at Banff, Norfolk, and the Skaneateles Festival and regularly appears at the Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and Missouri Chamber Music Festival – the St. Louis Festival she co-founded in 2010 for which she is the Director. Nina frequently collaborates with Chamber Project St. Louis. She appears frequently on the St. Louis Symphony’s ‘Live at the Pulitzer’ series, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Prelude’ and ‘Community Chamber Concert’ series.
Ms. Ferrigno is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, where she received degrees with distinction in performance. Nina is committed to bringing classical music to new audiences and expanding the repertoire through commissioning, and works with living composers to perform new works in a variety of settings. Recent commissions include those of James Lee, III, Christopher Stark, Derek Bermel, Amy Beth Kirsten and Peter Askim. The New Music Connoisseur has said of her, “pianist Nina Ferrigno [brings] out the inherent horizontal logic...all the while imparting sonic beauty from end to end.” Her discography includes chamber music of Lansing McLoskey on Albany Records, Bernard Rands Canti Triology on Arsis Audio and a recent release on Bridge Records of This is Not a Story by Christopher Stark which garnered “...special mention to pianist Nina Ferrigno who can jazz it up or summon a pianissimo of the quietist order” [JWR]. Her 2010 recording of Elliott Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto III: Another View for the BMOP Sound label was described as “wonderfully musical” by Fanfare magazine. Nina is on the teaching faculty of Washington University and Webster University and lives in St. Louis with her two children.