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Riley Nicholson

D. Riley Nicholson is a composer, pianist, and percussionist based in San Francisco. Riley is looking to work with young artists who are just beggining to cultivate a relationship with music through piano or percussion. Additionally, as composer-performer himself, Riley likes to work with students who are exploring their artistic voice through a combination of composition and performance.

 

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Piano • Percussion

Experience Teaching

1 Year

 

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Degree: Hold Master's in Music from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Experience: > 1 Year

Age groups: Kids • Teens • Adults

Teaching: Piano • Percussion

Styles: Classical

Levels: Beginner • Intermediate

D. Riley Nicholson is a composer, pianist, and percussionist based in San Francisco. Riley is looking to work with young artists who are just beggining to cultivate a relationship with music through piano or percussion. Additionally, as composer-performer himself, Riley likes to work with students who are exploring their artistic voice through a combination of composition and performance.

Riley has composed and performed for a wide range of ensembles and performance venues including music for contemporary ballet, theater, orchestral music, chamber music, and vocal music. Riley feels comfortable writing for electric guitar one day and string orchestra the next; his music can be described as metaphorically rich, innovative, and modern, but never inaccessible or overly intellectual. Fascinated and committed to working with artists outside of music as well as within, past collaborations include original music for Ballet Memphis's Cecily Khuner, Three Penny Theater, Cello Street Quartet, SFCM New Music ensemble, Balmoral Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Roar, Hot Air Music Festival, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Percussion Ensemble, University of Memphis Percussion Ensemble and many other talented artists and organizations.

Riley is the three time recipient of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Professional Development grant, and is the recipient of the Horizons Foundation grant in support of his work One, for large string orchestra, which headlined Hot Air Music Festival on March 6th, 2016.

Riley has a M.M. in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a B.M. in percussion performance, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Memphis. During his studies, Riley studied with David Garner, Mason Bates, Ryan Brown, Kamran Ince, and many other insightful teachers.

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