Nina Fukuoka is a Japanese and Polish composer and performer based in New York City. She makes instrumental and computer music and uses various media and technologies to express extramusical meaning. Her works are focused on the contemporary world through the lens of horror esthetics, video games, and feminist scholarships. She explores the possibilities of communicating through art by superimposing latent meanings with distinct images within the context of tradition and mass culture.
Nina’s works have been premiered at numerous festivals and venues in Europe, North America, and Japan, including Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, Klangwerkstatt festival in Berlin, Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum in Krakow, and musikprotokoll in Graz. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as the Hashtag Ensemble, Ensemble Garage, Ensemble Adapter, Ekmeles, Distractfold, and International Contemporary Ensemble.
She has taken part in numerous masterclasses and was an active participant of Impuls Academy in Graz, Austria; Synthetis in Radziejowice, Poland; Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany; Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; and Champdaction LAbO in Antwerp, Belgium.
Nina graduated from the Grazyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland with a Master’s degree in Theory of Music and Bachelor’s degree in Composition in the class of prof. Zygmunt Krauze. In 2012, she studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium as a participant of the Erasmus Exchange Program with prof. Peter Swinnen, where she continued her education in the Master’s program and graduated with distinction in 2016. In the field of electronic music she has been guided by Krzysztof Knittel, Kasia Głowicka, and Benjamin Van Esser. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Music Composition at Columbia University in New York, where she studies with Georg Friedrich Haas, George Lewis, Annie Gosfield, and Brad Garton.
Her works inhabit a number of contemporary and experimental settings such as video scores and performance pieces with multimedia and live electronics, as well as orchestra and ensemble works. By maintaining collaborations with musicians, dancers, and film artists, Nina continues to explore new possibilities for multi-disciplinary art.