Nicholas Fagnili is a composer, synthesist, and music historian based in Pittsburgh, PA. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Nicholas received his B.Mus. in Composition from Ithaca College, taking lessons with Dana Wilson, Jorge Grossman, Louise Mygatt, and Evis Sammoutis. He also studied piano with Greg DeTurck, Dmitri Novgorodsky, and Diane Birr; and harpsichord with Jean Clay Radice and Mary Holzhauer.
At Ithaca College, Nicholas recieved the 2019 Louis Smadbeck Prize for his trio for clarinet, piano and cello Naphtha. He also recieved the Best Music award from the 2019 Ithac Student Film Festival. Nicholas also focused his Music History research on Third Stream music, studying with Dr. Sara Haefeli to present a new historical interpretation of the genre.
As a composer, Nicholas has explored various notational methods, from strictly notated to freely improvsied, and across a variety of styles. He has composed film scores, music for television, news, and commercials, and also has experience as a jazz session musician and a teacher of piano, music history, and improvisation.
As a performer, Nicholas enjoys playing and improvising with small ensembles with his cherished Korg Minilogue Synthesizer, Stacy. He is an advocate community-based music making and in-depth collaborations that yield a multitude of possibilities.