Naina Jinga - is a composer and a classically trained pianist who specializes in light classical piano music with a romantic and sensitive touch.
Naina 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.
She began playing the piano at the age of four, performing as a piano-soloist with an orchestra at ten, and writing her first compositions at twelve. Naina has appeared as a piano-soloist with Romanian orchestras, in solo and piano-duos piano recitals. She graduated from the "Gheorghe Dima" Academy of Music in 1991 (B.Mus), where she was later appointed as an Assistant Professor and, in 1998, as an University lecturer. She holds a M.Mus and a Ph.D. in Composition with a “Magna cum Laudae”.
In 2003, Naina Jinga moved to Canada, where she attended graduate studies in Composition at the University of Western Ontario, studying with Dr. Peter Paul Koprowski. For many decades, she has written extensively in instrumental, vocal, choral, chamber music and orchestral genres, using the avant-garde language of 1980s and 1990s contemporary music, in the style of dodecaphonic, serial, and later, modal music. Her music was performed in Canada, Europe, U.S. and Australia. A particular attention was given to children's piano literature. Naina Jinga composed a few comprehensive collections of piano pieces, of various difficulty, dedicated to all students interested in exploring contemporary music. These engaging pieces offer everything that children’s hands and imagination can manage.
Naina is also the recipient of many international awards and scholarships, among them, the Romanian Composers’ League Prize and the UNESCO award and scholarship. Besides her career as a composer, she dedicates her time, energy and knowledge to her students by maintaining an active music studio, the Do-Re-Mi Music Studio based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she teaches piano, music theory, composition, singing, being also an appreciated accompanist for instrumentalists and singers.
In more recent years, embracing a new style - the light, easy-listening classical music style with a soothing and so touching romantic flavour - has won her a loyal fan base and increased worldwide her popularity. Her piano-ballades often place in Top 10 on Internet Radio playlist, and you can find her music on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Deezer.
In 2019, Naina Jinga produced and published her own album, "Piano Dreams", a kind of anthology for solo piano. It is made up of 14 piano ballads whose themes express the most universal of human emotions: love, romance, longing, pain, joy.
In her own words, the composer describes her piano album as follows: “working on these compositions was a kind of catharsis, and the end result, this album, a triumph over all the obstacles and hardships I have encountered over the years” while she continues to stand by her adopted motto: "We are the music makers and the dreamers of dreams ... Dare to dream!".
In August 2021, Naina Jinga became the recipient of the Gold Medal for her piano-ballade "Dream..." at the Inaugural Edition of the Global International Music Competition (in the Versatile Musician category), competition organized by Concours International de Musique et Des Beaux Arts.
Naina's intent is to work with exceptional companies, directors and publishers, to continue to create beautiful music, to express her touching sensitivity, and to bring her unique, distinct signature in this fascinating performing art.