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Thomas Nicholson (*1995 in Fredericton, CA) is a composer, keyboardist and violinist. After studying composition with Christopher Butterfield at the University of Victoria (Canada), he moved to Berlin in 2017 to work closely with Marc Sabat at the Berlin University of the Arts. Driven by (artistic) practices from many times and fields ranging from cosmology to painting to interdisciplinary experiments, his compositions since 2014 have focused on the fragile interaction between counterpoint and the distinctive harmonic ‘fusing’ evoked through microtonal just intonation (‘pure tuning’). Composing primarily for chamber settings, he is actively researching and developing the practical means of realising microtonal music on acoustic instruments. His recent awards and honours include first prizes from the SOCAN Foundation for compositions MOTTE and ABOUT (2017) as well as SOCAN’s John Weinzweig Grand Prize (2017), the DAAD Prize from the Berlin University of the Arts (2018), and a feature in CBC Music’s ‘30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30’ (2018).

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photo: Rafał Rawicki (Berlin, 2018)

photo: Rafał Rawicki (Berlin, 2018)