Nicholas Buc is a composer, conductor and arranger, violinist and pianist.
He studied Composition with Brenton Broadstock and Dr Stuart Greenbaum at the University of Melbourne, where he received the inaugural Fellowship of Australian Composers Award. As the recipient of the Brian May Scholarship for Australian film composers, he completed a Master's degree in Scoring for Film and Multimedia at New York University, studying with Ira Newborn and Paul Chihara as well as 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. He also recently completed a new ballet score, Kazka, for Lehenda Dance Company, which toured throughout Australia, Canada and the US.
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 seven Australian tours. He has written arrangements for The Avalanches, Birds of Tokyo, Missy Higgins, Eskimo Joe, The Whitlams and Vera Blue as well as working on Junior MasterChef (2020) and five seasons of The Voice Australia.
Continuing his passion for music and film, he conducted the live-in-concert 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), Nicholas Hooper's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Alexandre Desplat’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, as well as the North American premiere of John Powell’s How To Train You Dragon. Other live film concerts he has conducted include Pixar In Concert, Star Trek, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Back to the Future, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Psycho, The Godfather, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Little Mermaid, Star Wars: Episodes IV, V, VI and VII and all of the Harry Potter films.
He has conducted all of the major Australian symphony orchestras as well as the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Austin, Grand Rapids and Orlando symphony orchestras in the US. He also makes regular appearances in Asia, conducting the Tokyo, Hong Kong, Malaysian, Osaka and Taipei Philharmonic orchestras.