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Nicholas Buc


Nicholas Buc is a composer, conductor, arranger, violinist and pianist. He studied composition at the University of Melbourne, where he received the inaugural Fellowship of Australian Composers Award. As the recipient of the Brian May Scholarship for Australian film composers, he completed a master’s degree in scoring for film and multimedia at New York University, receiving the Elmer Bernstein Award for Film Scoring. He has composed music for film and television, with some of his work being screened at festivals and theatres around Australia, Asia and the United States. In 2007 he was nominated for “Best Original Song Composed for the Screen” in the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards, and in 2015 was winner of the NYU Film Scoring Competition.

Continuing his passion for music and film, Buc conducted the live-in-concert world premieres of John Williams’ Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alan Menken’s Beauty and the Beast and Nicholas Hooper’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Other live film concerts he has conducted include Pixar In ConcertStar TrekE.T. the Extra-TerrestrialBack to the FutureCasino RoyaleRaiders of the Lost ArkJurassic ParkPsychoStar Wars Episodes IV, V, VI and VII and the first four Harry Potter films. He has conducted all of the major Australian symphony orchestras as well as major orchestras across the U.S., and he also makes regular appearances in Asia. Among his new projects is a major theatrical work, TROT, a musical based on Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield written with lyricist Gordon Lindsay. He also recently completed a new ballet score, Kazka, for Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company, which toured throughout Australia, Canada and the U.S.