Nina Kogan was born into a family of musicians and is the daughter of two legendary violinists, Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, the sister of the great pianist Emil Gilels.
She started studying the piano at the age of six, and then attended the Central Music School for Gifted Children. Later she graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, receiving a D.M.A. with honors in the class of professor Yakov Flier.
Nina Kogan is a top prizewinner of the M. Long Piano Competition in Paris.
She began concertizing at the age of 12. At 13, she started performing with her father, Leonid Kogan. Their duet grew into a unique collaboration that lasted almost 16 years until his untimely death in 1982. During these years, she was the only pianist he ever performed with around the world.
Nina Kogan has performed as soloist with many prominent orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, USSR State Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra National de France, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Korean Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Zagreb Philharmonic. She also frequently performs in recital, plays a vast variety of chamber music, and gives master classes all over the world.
She has collaborated with such famous musicians as Andre Navarra, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Knyazev, Grigory Zhislin, and the Shostakovich Quartet among others.
Nina Kogan has recorded for Melodiya, Triton, Philips, Chant du Monde, Brilliant Classics, Orfeo, Kultur, etc.
1991-1992 and 2003-2004 she was Professor of the Connecticut College in New London, USA.
She was awarded as an Honored Artist of Russia.
Nina Kogan is also a public figure – she is the President of the International Foundation, <Gilels-Kogan>.