Nicholas Buc


Nicholas Buc

Nicholas Buc is an Award-winning composer, conductor and arranger with over 20 years experience in the music industry. As the recipient of the Brian May Scholarship, 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 US. His commissioned works have been premiered by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, The Australian Voices, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.

Nicholas has worked with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Chris Botti, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds and was conductor/arranger for Tina Arena on six Australian tours. He has written arrangements for Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins, Eskimo Joe, The Whitlams and Vera Blue as well as working on Junior MasterChef (2020), five seasons of The Voice Australia and the 2021 AFL Grand Final.

Nicholas is highly sought after as a conductor for live film concerts, having conducted the world premieres of John Williams' Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Hans Zimmer’s The Lion King (2019), Alan Menken's Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Alexandre Desplat’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. He is also the only person in the world to have conducted all three original Star Wars films in concert…in one day.

In the 2022-2023 season, Nicholas will appear with the Rochester Philharmonic, Minnesota, San Diego and Seattle Symphony Orchestras in the US, as well as Singapore Symphony and all of the Australian Symphonies. Nicholas has also completed an arranging project for Red Bull Symphonic with rapper Lisi debuting in June. The Melbourne Youth Orchestra will also premiere Nicholas’ Trumpet Concerto in November 2022. Nicholas has also finished work on the feature film SLANT which will be released December 2022.


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