Nina Basescu


Nina Basescu

SAA Member


New York, NY
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Nina Basescu began learning to play violin in her early childhood, with the Suzuki Method at The School for Strings, New York City. She continued at the Manhattan School of Music Prep division, and was a violin performance major at LaGuardia High School of the Arts. Nina spent two summers at Tanglewood in the Young Artists Orchestra (BUTI), immersed in orchestral repertoire with excellent conductors, including two rehearsals under the baton of Maestro Leonard Bernstein. She got her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at Oberlin College Conservatory, studying with Kathleen Winkler and Almita and Roland Vamos.

An experienced early childhood teacher, Nina has an MS, Ed in early childhood from Bank Street College, and has taught in nursery schools in New York City for many years. One of her favorite activities was getting to sing with the children.

With an interest in combining her experiences in both violin playing and teaching, Nina acquired her Suzuki Method violin teacher certification through the two-year training program at The School for Strings—”full circle” from her earliest days! There, she studied under Allen Lieb, and observed lessons of Mr. Lieb, Sanchie Bobrow, and Eva Gerard.

An enthusiastic orchestral player, Nina is a member of New York Session Symphony, serving as concertmaster for many performance cycles, and Broadway Bach Ensemble. She has also played in Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and Vocal Productions NYC opera orchestra. Nina was the solo violinist in a production of Chekov’s The Seagull at Williamstown Theater Festival, MA. She has participated in chamber music programs such as Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Vermont Music & Arts Center, as well as individual gatherings. In addition to many beloved orchestral pieces, she enjoys listening to Bach piano music and opera.

Nina has also taken acting, improvisation, movement, and voiceover classes. She enjoys watching movies, from classics to current.

In teaching, Nina particularly appreciates how seemingly small experiences and changes can be enlightening and inspiring for the student.