Nicholas Buc is a composer, conductor, arranger, violinist and pianist.
He studied Composition 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, 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. In 2007 he was nominated for "Best Original Song Composed for the Screen" in the APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards, and in 2015 was winner of the NYU Film Scoring Competition.
Continuing his passion for music and film, he recently conducted the world premiere of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the world premiere of Close Encounters of the Third Kind with the Queensland Festival Orchestra as part of the World Science Festival. He has also conducted Disney’s Pixar In Concert, Casino Royale, E.T., Harry Potter, Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Psycho and Star Wars: Episodes IV, V, VI and VII. He has made appearances with all of the major Australian symphony orchestras as well as the Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and the Hong Kong, Malaysian, Osaka and Taipei Philharmonic orchestras. Recent conducting engagements include concerts with Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, Amanda Palmer, and the Australian national tour for Ben Folds.
He is currently completing work on a major theatrical work, TROT. Written with lyricist Gordon Lindsay, it is a new musical based on Charles Dickens’ much loved David Copperfield. He also recently completed a new ballet score, Kazka, for Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company, which toured throughout Australia, Canada and the US.