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Nina DiGregorio

NINA DIGREGORIO, is a classically trained violinist, bass player, writer, arranger, and vocalist, and well-known for being a pioneer of the electric rock violin, as well as a music business mogul and entrepreneur. Hailing from Niagara Falls, New York, she has performed as a soloist and string arranger with some of the biggest names in the business. She arranged and performed strings with The Killers for President Obama and on their recent album. She is also featured on the Beyonce "I am...Yours" DVD and both "David Foster and Friends" DVDs, which also includes Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Boz Scaggs, Peter Cetera, and Charice. Her television credits include a performance with Andrea Bocelli (Amore Under the Desert Sky), Michel Legrand and Friends, Latin Grammys with Shakira, Billboard Music Awards, and Muhammad Ali’s 70th Birthday Celebration. On America’s Got Talent Season 1 she performed with Bella Electric Strings (then Bella Rumore) of which she is creator/producer.

 

Nina was also the solo violinist in Toni Braxton's band during her Las Vegas residency. Other performance credits include Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Donna Summer, Mary J Blige, Regis Philbin, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Cee-lo Green, and more.  As a writer/arranger, her work has also been heard in shows such as Toni Braxton Revealed, The Fab: Beatles Tribute Band, The Las Vegas Tenors, The Yellow Brick Road Symphonic Rock Show, and her own Femmes of Rock and Bella Electric Strings, as well as on many studio recordings.

 

Nina’s corporate entertainment production Bella Electric Strings performs more than 200 events per year throughout the world. Opening for Michael McDonald and Charlie Daniels, and featured as a string quartet with Richard Marx in multiple Las Vegas shows. Richard also hired 20 Bella girls to perform with himself, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Benet for a DirecTV special. Bella Strings is also affiliated with the prestigious “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp,” performing alongside such artists as Kip Winger and Todd Rundgren. The group keeps a busy schedule, as well as traveling for Yamaha String Educator Development Seminars, in which Nina’s arrangements are featured around the country demonstrating the Yamaha Silent and Electric violins. Bella Strings has become not merely a band, but a household brand in the world of strings. What began with a single electric string quartet has now grown into teams of over 30 string performers throughout the US. Nina created/produced a rock production show called “FEMMES OF ROCK,” in which she stars and features 4 electric string/ vocalists, a 3-piece backing band, and a multimedia video experience performing unique twists on classic rock music. The show has sold out theaters nationwide! The group has opened for Cheap Trick, Bad Company, Ted Nugent, and Kansas. Nina has amassed multiple-millions of views of her guitar solos on her electric violin over social media platforms, becoming a viral internet sensation.

 

With a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Nina also has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She was a recent recipient of the coveted Distinguished Alumni award from the University at Buffalo; one of the youngest to receive the award. It is an honor and pleasure to welcome Nina DiGregorio into the Niagara Falls Music Hall of Fame. 

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