Senior Lecturer, Arts
Nicholas DeMaison is a composer and conductor. He has led dozens of premieres of new operatic, instrumental, choral and multi-media works, described variously as “consistently invigorating” (New York Times), “spine tingling” (Feast of Music) and “enchanted” (Seen and Heard International).
"The eclectic nature of modern performance practice has helped ensure that my work remains broadly focused within the tradition of concert performance," says Demaison. "In recent years, I have devoted a great deal of attention to contemporary opera and the intersection of text and music, the rendering of electronic audio transformations acoustically, the music of Morton Feldman, and the choral music of 16th century Europe."
His music has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, Iktus Percussion, Sinopia Trio, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and ensemble dal niente, among others, and his creative projects have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago and Chicago Magazine. He is a regular conductor with New York’s Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and has recently worked as a Music Supervisor with critically acclaimed production company Giants Are Small, and the music staff with Live from Lincoln Center and PBS.
From 2010 – 2013, he was Director of Ensemble Sospeso NYC, an ensemble of soloists producing concerts of contemporary music at the highest standard, giving performances described as “stunning” (New York Times), and “a wonder to watch” (Wall Street Journal). He was the founding Music Director of Opera Cabal, the Chicago-based ensemble for new opera, called Chicago’s “most daring” opera company (Chicago Magazine). Other past positions include Music Director of Florilegium Chamber Choir, South Hadley Chorale and Orchestra, and Capella Chamber Choir. Nicholas has been invited to conduct at the International Ensemble Modern Academy/Klangspuren Festival (Schwaz, Austria), the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music (Darmstadt, Germany) and the Lucerne Festival Academy, and has had composition residencies with High Concept Laboratories (Chicago, IL), and Melodious Accord (Hawley, MA).
PhD; Music Composition; University of California, San Diego