Hailing from Pasadena, CA, soprano Nina Guo has been drawn to new music since high school. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, she was awarded NEC’s John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance (2015). In 2016, she was awarded one of the Stipendium prizes at the Darmstadt Courses and was invited to return to the courses in 2018. More importantly, she is eternally grateful for the mentorship of Lisa Saffer and Steve Drury, and is constantly inspired by her colleagues’ and friends’ hard work and incredible creativity. Recent performances have included a 5 hour installation-opera at a buffet, a shadow puppet opera with Maori instruments, singing a groovy, Petrushka-esque piece with orchestra, directing Beckett’s Rough for Radio 1 with multi-lingual vocal ensemble, and getting caught in noisy, improvised tape loops with Auguste Vickunaite.
Nina is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. She can be found in digital form at www.facesound.org