Nick Omiccioli (b. 1982) is a heavy metal guitarist living in a composer’s body. His creative output draws from a conscious and subconscious influence of heavy metal and contemporary art music. His works are often characterised by visceral musical gestures, driving rhythms, animated textures, melodic hooks, and improvisation. The motivation behind his work comes from a passion to create that originated from his roots playing electric guitar and an early interest in illustration. His artistic background brings a singular craft to his work that is both introspective and evocative.
Nick’s music has been performed in Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Lithuania, Sweden, Thailand, China, New Zealand, and throughout the United States. Nick has composed for some of the leading ensembles of today such as Alarm Will Sound, The Berkeley Symphony, the Jasper String Quartet, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, l’Orchestre de la francophonie, 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, Steven D. Davis and the UMKC Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Number One, among others. In addition to having been awarded many national and international honours, Nick has received residencies at Copland House, Willapa Bay AiR, and was a finalist for the Rome Prize.
Nick’s primary composition teachers include James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Brian Bevelander. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he was a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, and Heidelberg University. His music is currently self-published and is distributed by Composers Edition (UK), Trev-co Varner Music (USA), and E.C. Schirmer Music Company (USA).