Nick Virzi (b. 1991) is a composer from New York City, currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. His current work explores the dramatic and empathetic nature of music through mimetic representation, anthropomorphism, and abstract methods of generation and development. In addition to composing, Nick is a guitarist, conductor, and translates text in the Italian language. Nick’s works have been performed both throughout the US and internationally by artists such as soprano Tony Arnold, the Spektral Quartet, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, the JACK Quartet, Liminar, and cellist Séverine Ballon. Nick received his BM in composition from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Du Yun, Huang Ruo, and Suzanne Farrin, as well as conducting with Ransom Wilson. He is currently pursuing his DMA in composition at Stanford University, where he studies with Brian Ferneyhough.
LISTEN: Aux Imagistes II: Wide Arc – Low in the Northern Sky for String Octet
JACK Quartet and Spektral Quartet