Award-winning composer Nicolas Bizub writes music which is dark, striving, and yearning, which also points towards radiance and light. Inspired by both the natural world and the human interaction with it, Nicolas often uses nature within his music as metaphors for more human topics, including emotion, politics, creation, and destruction. His musical language blends bittersweet melodic sensibilities with a richly dark harmonic language and volatile driving rhythms to forge a visceral, audible connection with these light and dark sides of humanity.
His music has received prizes and awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The American Prize, the McKnight Foundation, New York Youth Symphony First Music, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Wisconsin Cello Society, Lawrence University, and the College-Conservatory of Music. He has been praised for his “ability to weave musical textures, sonorities, and skillfully change pacing” within his works as an element which “truly shines” (Helena Michelson, American Prize).
Nicolas’ music has been written for and performed by numerous leading new music ensembles and
artists, including, British violinist Madeleine Mitchell, American violist Michael Hall, loadbang, NOW Ensemble, Hypercube, Zodiac Trio, F-PLUS, and Unheard-of//Ensemble, among others. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe and may be heard on Ablaze Records and Centaur Records.
An advocate for new music creation, Nicolas serves on the board for the Midwest chapter of National Association of Composers/USA. He is a founding member of the Queen City Composers Collective (QC3) and is a composer-in-residence for the all-women performing group New Downbeat. He has previously served two terms as President of the College-Conservatory of Music’s chapter of the Society of Composers Incorporated, during which time he curated five guest artist residences to provide invaluable educational and performance experiences for composition students.
Nicolas received two Bachelor of Music degrees in viola performance and music theory/composition from Lawrence University, as well as a certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship. He holds a Master’s degree in music composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he is currently a doctoral candidate for the degree in music composition. He has also studied viola and composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Nicolas serves as a graduate teaching assistant at CCM where he teaches music composition. Previously, Nicolas has taught music theory at CCM as a graduate teaching assistant for graduate students and has served as a music theory tutor at Lawrence University.