Nan Avant

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Nan Avant’s music embraces thematic and rhythmic intentions often reflecting her Latin heritage, encompassing her passion for classical, jazz, world, and ethnic music.

Avant has won numerous awards including two Global Music Awards Silver Medals in 2022, a Finalist in The American Prize in orchestral composition and is a four-time Nominee in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Avant’s ’Tributum’ for Celtic Bagpipes and Orchestra, recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was on the ballot for first-round voting in the 65th GRAMMY Awards® and enjoys airplay around the world, from Ireland’s Public Radio in the UK to Hawaii’s Maui Celtic Radio in the U.S., and already boasts a “Best Instrumental Song Award” at the 13thAnnual Independent Music Vox Populi Awards. Her latest recording Soundness of the Sea for Violin and Orchestra, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, a Navona Recording, appears with 5 International composers on the CD, Symphonic Chronicles V.1. with a release date April 2023.

Media outlets across the music industry have lauded Tributim:

“Recording Avant’s Tributum with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra was a particular delight. One doesn’t often get the chance to record bagpipes and orchestra, and even rarer is the opportunity to record two different types with orchestra.” – Grammy-winning Session Producer and PARMA Senior Producer, Brad Michel

Avant’s Tributum is a “… traditional orchestral tone poem with gorgeous melodic writing and rich string sound (it has that Braveheart / Far and Away quality).” – Cinemusical

“Nan Avant’s 9-minute Tributum… The music has an epic, sweeping quality …” – American Record Guide

She has collaborated with indie filmmakers throughout the United States, creating soundtracks for indie films, documentary, feature, animation, and short films. Avant’s concert music has been performed internationally and in the United States. Her music can be heard on album compilations and digital platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Avant was brought up in a peaceful pastoral setting amidst artists on her maternal side and the rich South American heritage of Peru on her father’s side. Music was constantly playing in the background of her early years. Symphonies, musicals, South American music, Tangos, and Peruvian waltzes all contributed to her love of music. At an early age, she began studying piano and subsequently composing.

These early life experiences — eclectic musical listening, international living in Lima, Peru, and music study at an early age — established her identity as an Artist and became a catalyst in composing music with melodic intention.

Avant holds a B.F.A. degree in Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts. Her studies at CalArts included coaching sessions with Leonard Stein, Mel Powell, as well as master classes with Richard Goode and Aaron Copland. Avant’s further studies include film scoring at the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, under the direction of two-time Emmy winner Hummie Man; orchestration, contemporary composition and jazz arranging at Berklee School of Music online.

Avant resides in Seattle WA with her husband, Walt, and their Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Piper. For more information about Avant and her work, links to scores, audio, and albums, visit:


Dimensions Vol. 5

Dimensions Vol. 5

Release Date: July 28, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6542
21st Century
Hot on the heels of its preceding installments, DIMENSIONS VOL. 5 from Navona Records highlights the works of seven celebrated composers. These orchestral pieces showcase a broad range of innovative compositional styles featuring traditional and modern influences, drawing inspiration from an opera about a mystical wolf, moments of uncertainty and reflection in life, the music of Handel, and traditional Latvian folk music, just to name a few. Leveraging musical passion and orchestral ferocity, DIMENSIONS VOL. 5 offers listeners a broad example of some of the most exciting work in contemporary orchestral music.

Symphonic Chronicles Vol I

Release Date: April 28, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6519
21st Century
SYMPHONIC CHRONICLES VOL I from Navona Records features the works of celebrated living composers from a wide variety of backgrounds and influences. Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the music touches on topics ranging from jazz to the COVID pandemic, racial injustice, and more. Steve Law’s melodic and rhythmic Piano Concerto draws inspiration from Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev while assimilating the influences of jazz, pop, and minimalism. In Barbara Jazwinski’s Fantasy on Jazz, the composer meditates on the complex and ever-evolving music of New Orleans. Simon Andrews’ Interlude No. 3 from “The Scars On His Back” recounts the story of legendary Native American freedom fighter Po’pay, and the revolt against the Spanish colonists he helped inspire. These examples are just a taste of the evocative works found on SYMPHONIC CHRONICLES VOL I.

Legends and Light Vol. 2

Release Date: January 14, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6399
21st Century
LEGENDS AND LIGHT VOL. 2 from Navona Records leaves no stone unturned. From the vast expansiveness of the open sea to the microscopic particles of our world's chemical makeup, this follow-up to 2018’s LEGENDS AND LIGHT is an ambitious collection of new works for large ensemble performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic. In this album, seven composers offer their insights into the components of our world through music, with works highlighting cultures, locations, forces of nature, and human life. While many of the pieces are arranged for orchestral ensembles, listeners will also find Scottish Great Highland bagpipes and Irish Uilleann pipes featured on the album, offering a deeply rewarding listening experience.