Nick Omiccioli (b.1982) is a metalhead in a classical musician’s world. Nick has been described as a “rising star” [The Kansas City Star] and a composer with “powerful ideas” that “expresses them confidently” [The Straits Times]. His music has been described as “ominous and enthralling” [The Latest Brighton] and displaying “a depth and density of sound” [KCMetropolis]. Nick’s music encompasses a diverse range of styles across multiple genres. The motivation behind his work comes from a passion to create that originated from his experiences playing electric guitar in rock, metal, and jazz groups and his interest in graphic novels. His artistic background brings a singular craft to his work that is introspective, evocative, and imaginative. Nick decided to become a guitarist when he heard Metallica’s eponymous album “The Black Album” for the first time and decided to become a composer when he first heard George Crumb’s Black Angels.
Nick’s music has been performed in Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Lithuania, Sweden, Singapore, Thailand, China, New Zealand, and throughout the United States. He has composed for some of the leading ensembles of today such as Alarm Will Sound, The Berkeley Symphony, l’Orchestre de la francophonie, the Jasper String Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Paramirabo, and Third Angle Ensemble. Nick has received commissions by the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Shouse Institute at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, National Arts Centre in Canada, Le Domain Forget, and Nu Deco Ensemble, among others. In addition to having been awarded many national and international honors, Nick has received residencies at Copland House, Willapa Bay AiR, and was a finalist for the Rome Prize.
Nick holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, and Heidelberg University. His primary composition teachers included James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Brian Bevelander. Nick’s music is currently self-published and is distributed by Composers Edition (UK), Trev-co Varner Music (USA), and E.C. Schirmer Music Company (USA). Nick is currently assistant professor of composition studies at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore.