Adina Nelu (b. 1994 / Romania) is a media composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Manchester, UK. She is a graduate of the Popular Music Composition programme at the National University of Music, Bucharest and has completed her MA(Dist) in Musical Composition at The University of Salford, Manchester.
In 2013 she started studying Popular Music Composition at the National University of Music in Bucharest, where she completed various in-depth classically-oriented modules and discovered her passion for Film Scoring. During this time, some of her media compositions were showcased at the University's annual festival Chei, in 2016 and 2017.
During her Master's Degree at the University of Salford, Adina started composing for short films and art installations in collaboration with various Arts and Media students, two of her pieces being showcased alongside their corresponding artwork at the 2018 Degree Show. Shortly after graduating, Adina was offered to score her first feature length film, Casa din Copac (Tree House), which premiered at the London International Motion Picture Awards in May 2019. Following this achievement, she completed numerous projects, amongst which, the music for two of GLAMOUR Romania's digital covers, created by award winning fashion photographer Tibi Clenci. Adina's piece, Ode to Silence, was performed for the first time in 2019 by the well established Adelphi Contemporary Music Group, marking her debut as a contemporary composer.
In October 2019, Adina was offered a place on a Film Music residency as part of Brighter Sound's Both Sides Now initiative. During this time, she was mentored by award-winning film composer Laura Rossi and composer/singer-songwriter Christella Litras. As a result, her work was showcased at Independent Directions Film Festival where she took part in an all-female discussion panel focused on overcoming the difficulties of being a female film composer in a currently male-dominated industry.
In 2020, she released her first EP, a mix between spoken word and art music based on the works of Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu. Poems - A Collaboration in Space and Time is now available to listen on all streaming platforms.
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Having studied classical flute and piano performance as a child, Adina started writing and performing her own material as an indie singer-songwriter in the Romanian underground music scene at the age of 17. Still a teenager, she started a self-directed band TDM, which allowed her to further explore her passion for singing, songwriting and arranging while integrating classical elements, such as piano and flute solos.
While studying Popular Music Composition for her Undergraduate degree, she was offered a place in Paula Seling's band as a backing vocalist and flautist, which led to three years of stage experience as part of one of Romania's best live acts. The collaboration had to be put on hold due to Adina's decision to further her musical education in the United Kingdom. During her studies, she was also a part of Juventus Academica Choir led by Professor Valentin Gruescu.
As a flautist, Adina is currently involved with the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group, known as the North West's most eclectic and diverse contemporary music ensemble, led by Professor Alan Williams. As this group is about exploring the limits of one's instrument, it allowed her to experiment with an effect pedal board designed to synthesize and alter the sound of her instrument in real time. As a long-term member, Adina had the opportunity to perform alongside world-renowned instrumentalists, such as Michael Cretu and Mei Han.
Her ethnomusicological research has taken her on a path of cultural self-rediscovery by experimenting with various Eastern European wooden flutes.