About Nicolas Bizub

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, awards, and commissioning support 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 the US Air Force Band of the Golden West, 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 serves as a composer-in-residence for the all-women performing group New Downbeat.