Nina Janssen-Deinzer was born in Cologne/Germany in 1972 and has become one of the leading clarinettists of her generation. She studied at the prestigious Hans Deinzer School in Hanover and concluded her studies with the concert examination. The highly-acclaimed musician has performed solo and chamber music concerts at venues around the world. She received first prizes at the “Jugend musiziert” competition, the German Music Competition, and the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka (Japan). Nina Janssen-Deinzer has received scholarships and grants from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, the Mark Brandenburg Cultural Conference, the Marie Luise Imbusch Foundation, the Schumann House Bonn and the International Association of Wagner Societies.
In addition to her classical-romantic repertoire, the clarinettist is strongly devoted to contemporary music and has been a member of Ensemble Modern since 2006. She plays all clarinets from Eflat to contrabassclarinet and saxophone. Janssen-Deinzer also specializes in performing the classical repertoire on historical clarinets. Nina Janssen-Deinzer's performances have been recorded by practically all the major German radio and TV stations and several foreign broadcasters, as well. Her works are available on CD, including pieces she has performed with the Ensemble Modern and the Delos Quintet on ars musici.She is currently a lecturer at the International Ensemble Modern Academy and the Academy of Music in Frankfurt. She has also guest-lectured at the music academies in Karlsruhe, Berlin, Weimar and Beijing (China), Baku (Azerbaijan), Manila (Philippines), the Sangat Festival in Bombay (India), and at the International Clarinet Course in Prades (Spain). She has given lectures on behalf of the Goethe Institut at music academies in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Russia, and on behalf of the Siemens Foundation at the project “contempo primo” in Beijing (China). Nina Janssen-Deinzer lives with her husband Hans Deinzer for part of the year in a small mountain village in Italy between Milan and Genoa, and the rest of the year in Frankfurt.