Nina learned operatic singing and piano studies at the Zagreb University Academy of Music. She later used the pitch and voice control skills developed there to shape her own musical style.She continued educating herself on various musical genres. Now she’s an animation voice actress with eight years’ experience, lending her voice to characters in famous blockbusters (Beauty and the Beast, Rio, Disney’s Sofia the First, etc.) and one of only few younger-generation musicians who perform and nurture world music in Croatia.
Her ultimate goal was to fuse all acquired knowledge with her love towards ethnic singing and film scores to create a unique musical style – enabling her to become the winner of The Voice in 2015. Her first single ‘Zaljuljali smo svijet’ (‘We Rocked the World’) validated what she showed us on The Voice, where she integrated various musical genres into a recognizable world music style with an ambient, mystical, ethnic undertones. Since she is most often compared to Enya. Lisa Gerrard and Aurora, we can conclude that her voice relays a hint of Irish and Scandinavian sounds. This in no way means that she doesn’t feel at home with other exotic singing techniques. The album ‘Samo’ (‘Only’) gives the impression of Nina’s personalized calling card and her artistic expression invokes the beauty of Irish folk melodies, while her songs performed in English prove her value as a singer-songwriter for foreign markets.
Nina has already been recognized in the world of music as a performer who makes each song special and her own. Her music program really does take us on a journey “around the world”. The Belarus Ministry of Culture and President Aleksandr Lukashenko presented her with the prestigious ‘Slavic Hope Award’ at the international music competition held in Belarus. She also won the 2018. ethno music festival ‘Pjesme Podravine i Podravlja’ (‘Songs of Podravina and Podravlje’) held in Pitomača with the traditional song ‘Oj meglica’ (‘Mist’) originating from the region of Međimurje.
She continues to collaborate with many renowned musicians (Matija Dedić, Dunja Knebl, Jacques Houdek, Igor Geržina, Aljoša Šerić, Nina Romić, etc.) and regularly performs with the Croatian Armed Forces Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Jazz Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Tamburitza Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Alan Bjelinski and many others.
She currently performs with her four-piece band (flute, cello, djembe drum, acoustic guitar and voice), enlivening historical and cultural attractions such as castles, palaces, amphitheaters, national parks, concert halls, fortresses, museums, galleries, culture centers, etc. Nina collaborates with Croatian folk singer Dunja Knebl and her band Kololira in a special folk music performance program entitled ‘Pjesme s one strane vremena’ (‘Songs from the Other Side of Time’) that nurtures Croatian and world ethnic heritage.She also collaborates with the famous harpist Doris Karamarić in a special performance program ‘Harfa i glas’ (‘Harp and Voice’) consisting of traditional songs and pop covers with Irish folk undertones.
During her live performances, she avoids merely reproducing studio versions. She thrives on improvisation and adapting to the moment, always giving us something new. She doesn’t understand how people identically sing the same song twice. Her concerts are most often acoustic and maintain a high level of quality and specialty.