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Nicholas Anthony Virzi

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Nicholas Anthony Virzi

M.A., (music composition), Stanford University
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Chilnualna: Mystical Numerology, Speech Orchestration, and Natural Sound


Nick Virzi (b. 1991) is a composer from New York City, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. His current work explores the dramatic and empathetic nature of music through mimetic anthropomorphism, abstract methods of generation and development, and experimentation with complex relationships. In addition to composing concert music, Nick has collaborated across various artistic fields, such as dance, theater, and film, and is a conductor, guitarist, and teacher.

Nick has received commissions from ensembles such as the Netherlands-based Edge Ensemble and the Frontiers New Music Ensemble (OSU, Oklahoma), and his works have been performed both throughout the US and internationally by artists such as cellist Séverine Ballon, soprano Tony Arnold, Splinter Reeds, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, clarinettist Gregory Oakes, and NYC-based theatrical percussion trio Verharren!. He is a fellow of the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Tuscany, Italy) through the DuoSolo Foundation, as well as the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Julliard School (NYC).
Nick received his Bachelors of Music (B.M.) in composition from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Du Yun, Huang Ruo, and Suzanne Farrin, as well as conducting with Ransom Wilson. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in composition at Stanford University, where he received his Master of Arts (M.A.) and studies with Mark Applebaum, Erik Ulman, and Brian Ferneyhough.

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