Nicholas Ryan Kelly is a composer who draws inspiration from speculative fiction, science, and nature. He has been commended by the Vancouver Sun for his “sophisticated work of such immediate, glittery appeal” and called “a rising star in the constellation of Canadian composers” by Oregon Arts Watch. Originally drawn to music’s storytelling power by symphonic film scores, he now brings a sense of cinematic drama to music for choirs, orchestras, and wind bands throughout North America.
His choral compositions have been performed by many of Canada’s finest choirs--including Chor Leoni and Pro Coro Canada--and released on CD by several others, including the Da Capo Chamber Choir and the Chronos Vocal Ensemble. He is the recipient of over a dozen U.S.- or Canada-wide awards for choral and wind ensemble composition, as well as the international Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize. His instrumental music has been featured by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and the West Point Band of the U.S. Army, among others.
Originally from rural New York State, Nick is now a permanent resident of Canada and lives in BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, where he composes, conducts, and teaches private lessons. He is a graduate of Ithaca College (B.Mus.) and the University of British Columbia (M.Mus.)