Femmes Of Rock - Special Guest Lita Ford
Presented by Red Rock Productions
Nina DiGregorio, a Yamaha string artist, is a classically trained
violinist, bass player, writer/arranger, vocalist, and pianist, but is most
well known for being a pioneer of the electric rock violin, as well as a music
business mogul and entrepreneur. She has performed as a soloist and
string arranger with the some of the biggest names in the business. She
arranged and performed strings with the Killers for President Obama and
on one of their recent albums.
Television credits include the Latin Grammys with Shakira, being
featured on the Beyonce “I am...Yours” DVD and both “David Foster and
Friends” DVDs and PBS specials, alongside Josh Groban, Michael Bublé,
Boz Scaggs, and Peter Cetera among others, as well as the featured soloist
with Charice. Other television credits include a performance with Andrea
Bocelli for the DVD and PBS special “Amore Under the Desert Sky,” The
Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Celebration, “Michel Legrand and Friends,”
“Bell’aria PBS special,” and America’s Got Talent Season One with Bella
Electric Strings, of which she is founder, writer, and lead violinist.
She was the solo violinist in Toni Braxton's band for 2 years. Nina was also
featured in a recent Blues Traveler performance, dueling with harmonica
virtuoso John Popper on The Devil Went Down To Georgia. Other
performance credits include Stevie Wonder, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick,
Wayne Newton, Cee-lo Green, John Legend, Johnny Mathis, Smokey
Robinson, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Donna Summer, Mary J Blige and Jay
Z, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Marco Antonio Solis, and many more.
As a writer/arranger, her work has been heard in shows such as “Toni
Braxton Revealed,” “Beyonce I Am....Yours,” The Fab; Beatle’s Tribute
Band, The Las Vegas Tenors, The Killers, The Yellow Brick Road
Symphonic Rock Show, as well as on many studio recordings.
Nina’s work with her project Bella Electric Strings can best be described
as, “imagine if Hendrix played a violin.” Utilizing full effects pedals and
blistering solos, she brings to life many famous rock tunes for electric
string ensemble. On top of opening for Michael McDonald and Charlie
Daniels, Bella recently performed as the featured string quartet with
Robert Davi, as well as with Richard Marx in his Las Vegas acoustic show.
Richard also hired twenty Bella girls to be featured on camera performing
with himself, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Benet for a DirecTV special which
aired over the summer of 2016. Bella Strings has also had the privilege of
being affiliated with the prestigious “Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp,”
performing alongside such artists as Kip Winger and Todd Rundgren at the
facility. The group keeps a busy corporate schedule, as well as traveling for
Yamaha String Educator Development Seminars, in which Nina’s
arrangements are featured around the country to demonstrate the
Yamaha Silent and Electric violins.
Nina is also well known throughout the music community as a successful
entrepreneur. 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 performers on the roster throughout
the US. She also co-owns a booking agency which has partnered with
Scarlett Entertainment to provide services to all of North, Latin, and South
America. Scarlett Entertainment not only produces large- scale events, but
boasts a roster of over 14,000 acts represented world wide. Nina has also
partnered with other groups to translate the success of the Bella Strings
business model to them through corporate management, investment, and
production. She recently wrote and produced a rock production show
called Violin Femmes Starring Bella Electric Strings, which has been
selling out theaters nation wide. Other creations include Bella Bottoms; a
disco string show, an LED Laser string show, Trifecta; a vocal string show,
Jingle Bellas; a holiday string show, among others.
Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New
York at Buffalo, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. She
also holds 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. She can currently be seen featured with the
Lon Bronson All-Star Band in Las Vegas, and throughout the country with
Bella Electric Strings/VIOLIN FEMMES.
Nina proudly endorses and recommends Yamaha Strings, JH Audio, Audio
Technica, Galaxy Audio, and Anvil Cases.