Commended by the Vancouver Sun for his “sophisticated work of such immediate, glittery appeal,” Nicholas Ryan Kelly is a composer who draws inspiration from speculative fiction, science, and nature. First drawn to music's storytelling power through symphonic film scores, he now brings his sense of cinematic drama to music for choirs, orchestras, and wind bands.
His choral compositions have been performed and recorded by some of Canada's top choirs, including Chor Leoni, the Da Capo Chamber Choir, and the Chronos Vocal Ensemble. In 2017 alone, he was the recipient of five national awards for choral composition. He is also a recipient of the international Edwin Fissinger Choral Composition Prize.
Originally from rural New York State, Nick is now a permanent resident of Canada and lives in BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, where he is composes, conducts, and teaches private lessons. He is a graduate of Ithaca College (B.Mus.) and the University of British Columbia (M.Mus.) Some of his primary musical influences are John Adams, Samuel Barber, Carl Sagan, Roald Dahl, and H.P. Lovecraft.