Nina Kupriyanova is one of the most prominent and in-demand Russian harpists. Born in 1986 in Moscow, she was educated in the best Russian musical schools under the guidance of Elena Ilyinskaya and Irina Pashinskaya, students of Vera Dulova, a pre-eminent Russian harpist.
In 2004, she graduated from the Central School of Music in a class led by Elena Ilyinskaya, a Distinguished Harpist of Russia. In 2009, she graduated with honours from the Moscow Conservatory as a student of Professor Irina Pashinskaya, going on to take a postgraduate course there until 2012. During her studies, Nina became a laureate of prestigious harp competitions, such as: Franz Josef-Reinl Stiftung – 3d Prize, Austria, 2004 Lily Laskine International Harp competition – 2d Prize, France, 2005 Arpa Viva Cymru – 2d Prize, Wales, 2007 Vera Dulova International Harp Competition – 2d Prize and
Special Prize, Russia, 2009 In 2012, she was awarded the First Prize of the First Russian Musical Competition in the Harp Category. From the early age, she was awarded scholarships from the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Fund and the Russian Performing Art Fund.
At the age of 19, she became a soloist of the State Symphony Capella of Russia led by Professor Valery Polyansky. In March 2010, she took part in a Russian premiere of Boguslav Martinu’s Three Melodramas, led by the distinguished Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky in the Great Hall of the
Moscow Conservatory. Following the success of the premiere, her cooperation with Gennady Rozhdestvensky continued with a Russian premiere of Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for Woodwinds and Harp in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow Conservatory Orchestra. Nina Kupriyanova toured with solo and chamber performances in Austria, Japan, and Switzerland. In 2011, Nina participated in the first performance of Saint Cecilia, a concerto for harp, mixed chorus, and treble, by Valery Kikta, a renowned Russian composer. In summer 2012, Nina Kupriyanova was invited to participate in an orchestra programme of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2016, she took the position of the Principal Harp in one of the oldest and most famous Russian orchestras: «E. Svetlanov» State Academic Symphony Orchestra. Led by Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, Chaikovsky’s ballets Swan Lake and Nutcracker were recorded and released as CDs at Pentatone. Nina combines her solo and orchestral career with teaching, working at the Moscow Conservatory Academic College since 2015.
Her students include young musicians winning international awards in Croatia, Russia, and Slovenia. In summer 2020, Nina Kupriyanova took part in the first
recording of «Ritual Dance» by the Soviet composer Aleksandr Baltin on a CD of the Russian Harp Society. The recording was supported by the Russian Presidential Grant Fund.