Nina Flyer, cello
KNina Flyer has toured, recorded and taught throughout Europe, Scandinavia and America. She has been Principal Cellist with the symphonies of Jerusalem, Bergen (Norway) and Iceland, the Women’s Philharmonic, and the Bear Valley Orchestra and has held the post of acting Principal Cellist with the San Diego Symphony. She records frequently for the TV and Motion Picture Industry, and performs on a regular basis with the San Francisco Symphony. She is presently Principal Cellist of the Pacific Chamber Symphony as well as cello and chamber music professor and member of the acclaimed in-residence piano trio, Trio 180, at the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music. The trio has been in residence at Old First Concerts in San Francisco, featuring the works of Mendelssohn and Schumann, and has toured in Mexico, Canada, and nationally. The trio has commissioned many new pieces and won the coveted Barlow Grant for a new work by Chen Yi.
As a proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Flyer plays regularly with Composers Inc. and with other new music groups and has had many pieces written for her. Ms. Flyer is a featured soloist on two CDs; a concerto by Shulamit Ran, performed with the English Chamber Orchestra and solo and chamber works by Lou Harrison, both out on KOCH International. These two CDs have met with great critical acclaim and have both been nominated for Grammys. The following quote is from Strings Magazine in 2001:
"...hauntingly beautiful performance..." (Lou Harrison CD review)
Ms. Flyer's CD, featuring original and arranged works for cello and piano and narrated by David Ogden Stiers won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Best Audio of 2010 award. She recorded a piece called “Flyer”, for cello and orchestra, composed by Allan Crossman and dedicated to her, with the North/South Consonance in New York; the CD was released in 2008. Trio 180 came out with their first CD in the fall of 2015 which includes trios by Dvorak and Schumann.