She made a splash in the West with a concert at Barbican Center in London in 1996. That led to the Philips
label's released of her debut album, Nina Kotova, which became a best-seller. Kotova has also performed at Red Square in Moscow in a live broadcast, and at Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales, and has also played a concert for the Imperial family of Japan. In Europe she has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonic in Berlin, and her American credits include concerts at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. She has appeared on Breakfast with the Arts on the U.S. A&E cable channel, as well as on the Hard Talk and Charlie Rose talk shows. She has been featured on the covers of Classic FM, Gramophone China, Il Venerdi Italia, and Reader’s Digest magazines.
Kotova is the founder of the Festival del Sole in California's Napa Valley and of Italy's Tuscan Sun Festival. She has taught at the University of Texas in Austin, where she was commissioned to compose a triple concerto. She has composed a Cello Concerto of her own and recorded it in 2002 for the Delos
label, along with repertory pieces by Bruch
. A hiatus in Kotova's recording career followed, but she returned in 2014 with Bach: The Cello Suites. In 2017 Delos
released her album Tchaikovsky, with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev