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Naina Jinga
 Biography

Naina Jinga was born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania - a city with ancient musical traditions, where some of Romania’s most famous and well-known contemporary composers live, teach and create: Dr. Cornel Taranu, Dr. Vasile Herman, Dr. Eduard Terenyi, and Dr. Dan Voiculescu. They are true masters in music with whom Dr. Jinga has studied.

Naina Jinga began playing the piano at the age of four, and writing her first compositions at twelve. She has appeared as a piano-soloist with Romanian orchestras, in solo piano recitals and piano-duos. She graduated from the "Gheorghe Dima" Academy of Music in 1991 (B.Mus), where she was later appointed as Assistant Professor and, since 1998, as University lecturer. She holds a M.Mus and a Ph.D. in Composition.

In 2003, Dr. Jinga moved to Canada, where she attended graduate studies in Composition at the University of Western Ontario, studying with Peter Paul Koprowski. She has written extensively in instrumental, vocal, choral, chamber music and orchestral genres with performances in Canada, Romania, Ukraine, France, Norway, Czech Republic, and elsewhere.

Naina Jinga is also the recipient of many international awards and scholarships. Besides her career as a composer, she dedicates her time, energy and knowledge to her students by maintaining an active music stusio and, more than anything, is a proud mother of two: Elisa, a young award-winning pianist herself, and Felix, a happy toddler.

Jan. 2008

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