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Nina’s notes tinkle in the land of Beethoven and Bach

M. Raghuram

Bangalore pianist makes a name for herself in Germany


Nina trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London

Her mother and grandmother were piano teachers




Nina da Silva

BANGALORE: It is not easy for a pianist to resist playing the well-known compositions of the masters of Western classical music of Bavaria and Vienna. It is even more difficult for her to play compositions of Spanish masters, especially the compositions of 19th century composers such as Isaac Albeniz, best known for his piano works based on Spanish folk music.

But Nina da Silva, Bangalorean pianist now settled in Germany, did it with great aplomb and ease – a tribute to the education in Western classical music she received in the heartland of great composers and to the discerning listeners in her hometown recently.

Nina’s odyssey into Western classical music began from her family’s deep bond with the genre. Her mother and grandmother were piano teachers. Her father, Leslie da Silva, was a great connoisseur of music while her uncle Vere da Silva was a conductor of the Bombay Philharmonic.

Nina trained at the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 1975 and the Trinity College of Music before continuing her musical studies at the Musikhochschule at Freiburg, Germany, and completed her diploma and soloist examinations with distinction.

Popular performer

Concerts and recordings followed, and she settled in Freiburg where she worked as a solo pianist, chamber musician and, together with husband Helmut Barh, as a piano duo. They performed at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, together on a single piano which only accomplished musicians can do.

She has to her credit CD recordings of works of Spanish piano music, Brahms and Prokofiev. She enjoys teaching and has considerable success with her pupils. Nina returns every year to India and is a popular performer in the concert circuit here.

One of her most memorable concerts, she says, was in Halle in Germany where Handel, one of the icons of Western classical music, was born. The place had the same resonance for her as Stratford-upon-Avon has for Shakespeare fans.

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