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Nina Smeets

Nina was born on the 25th of July 1986 in a musical family. She started listening to piano music from when she was still in the belly of her mother, Eliane Rodrigues, a Brazilian pianist and composer.

At the age of three, Nina suffered a big accident. After being for a long time in a coma, the doctors lost all hope. Miraculously she got conscious after repetitively listening to the 12th piano concerto from Mozart, played by her mother.

As a child, Nina was always very attracted to music. Her dream was to become one day a pianist.

In 2002 Nina participated in a Belgian piano competition called Cantabile. After graduating from high school, she followed her dream and went to study piano with Professor Levente Kende and her mother, Eliane Rodrigues, at the Antwerp Conservatory in Belgium.

She not only broadened her knowledge as a solo pianist, but also gained experience in accompanying vocalists (under the tutelage of Jozef de Beenhouwer and Lucienne Van Dyck), pianoforte (under the tutelage of Bart van Oort and Ayako Ito), musical analysis (under the tutelage of Wim Henderickx and Yves Senden) and chamber music. This ranged from piano duets via piano and violin duets to larger musical assemblies.

After getting her Bachelor and Master degree, Nina made her debute concert with her mother on stage in Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Switszerland. She took mastercourses with Yuri Serov, Kum-Sing Lee en Maria Szraiber, Pierre Amoyal and played in many international European festivals.

She played among others with Yuri Serov, Avi Avital, Lidia Kovalenko, Mikhail Zemtsov, Gavriel Lipkind, Dana Zemtsov, Wim Ilsen and Mathieu van Bellen.

One day Nina's fiance, Gabriel Ferraz started to philosophize about the innovation within classical music. Gabriel motivates and inspires Nina to start writing music.

In 2013 Nina plays the piano concerto of Gershwin in Switzerland with orchestra. After playing the concerto, she decides to play one of her own pieces as an encore. After a very positive feedback about her music, she starts playing other pieces written by herself on other concerts.

At long last, Nina and Gabriel start the project of writing Project Reborn. In 2016 Nina's music from Project Reborn is nominated an award by the Akademia Music Award in the USA.

"Nina Smeets may caress the keys with unrivaled dexterity, but it's her underlying compositional instincts that leave us breathless with appreciation for 'Project Reborn'." by Akademia Awards