Nina Rideout came from a musical family and many of her relatives played instruments. She was even named after two musicians: 1960s singing duo Nina & Frederik. So if a boy, would have been called Frederik!
She began playing the classical guitar at the age of 10 with Tristram Cary, (nephew of composer, Tristram Cary, a pioneer of electronic music and composer of some of the incidental music for the BBC TV series Doctor Who). She continued her studies with Myer Rosen and then Gilbert Biberian, former Professor at Trinity College of Music, while at London University.
For several years, she received extensive tuition from Carlos Bonell, Professor at The Royal College of Music and most recently, she studied with Roland Chadwick, composer, solo performer, and member of the Modern Guitar Trio.
Nina has performed at many venues, including The National Gallery, Romsey Abbey, Mottisfont (National Trust), London County Hall, Manor Farm Craft Centre, Nucleus Art Gallery and Romsey Town Hall. She’s performed at Romsey’s exciting annual event, The Beggars Fair too.
She also plays in a duo with another classical guitarist, Derek Hasted and they perform under the name “Nina & Frederek”.
Nina has played in masterclasses with international performers, including Alirio Diaz, Roland Dyens, Gary Ryan, Stepan Rak, Ben Verdery, Nigel North, Amanda Cook, Tom Kerstens, Graham Devine and William Kanengiser.
She has also enjoyed success in competitions, including winning The Associated British Ports Guitar Recital Cup at the Southampton Music Festival. The MacDowell Colony in America use her video of To a Wild Rose on Edward MacDowell’s own page on their Portable MacDowell website: To a Wild Rose. In addition, she holds a first-class degree from The Open University.