American-born composer, Nicolas Kaviani, has been actively composing chamber, orchestral and choral music since the age of 13. Mr. Kaviani received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition from the University of California at Santa Cruz in the year 2000, studying under the noted composer David Cope. He then went on to earn his grade de master in composition from the prestigious Conservatoire de Musique Olivier Messiaen in Avignon, France. There Mr. Kaviani was invited multiple times to attend master classes with some of the most prominent composers in France, including on one occasion Pierre Boulez, during the summer of 2005. In 2006 Mr. Kaviani’s String quartet #4 was performed in the Festival de Musique Contemporaine in Avignon.
In September of 2014, Mr. Kaviani recorded his Te Deum scored for orchestra, choir and soloists with the Moravian Philharmonic and the Janacek Opera Choir in Olomouc, Czech Republic. This project is currently in the post-production stage and is scheduled to be released by Navona Records and distributed by Naxos Records in March of 2015.
Currently Mr. Kaviani is working on a chamber tetralogy entitled Les Quatres Saisons, which explores the relationship between the four temporal seasons and the four stages of life. This cyclic series progressively descends in register and instrumentation with each season and is scheduled to be performed in the PARMA Music Festival this summer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Nicolas Kaviani believes that it is every serious artist’s duty to address and challenge the current zeitgeist. As a composer and musician he strives to underline both, the relevancy and the need for new “Art Music” in today’s society, and its power to abolish boundaries between different beliefs, nations and races. It is his utmost conviction that music can offer healing, joy and enlightenment to all that are open to it. Here is his statement:
“Music saves one note at a time. Not by ending wars but by waging them in the name of beauty, nobility, and humanity against all that lies to, numbs, or crushes the human spirit. It saves not by eliminating hunger but by creating more appetite for enlightenment, transcendence and human civilization. It defends and celebrates all that is great in us, and destroys what we must shed to become whole and complete human beings. It is our right, our necessity, our duty- our creation: Music”