Brian Raphael Nabors, composer


Brian Raphael Nabors

Featured work: Énergie for flute and electronics (September 15)

Brian Raphael Nabors is a composer/pianist of emotionally enriching music that tells exciting narratives with its vibrant themes and colorful harmonic language.

Dr. Nabors has been commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as performed at many events across the US, including the Texas Music Educators Association Conference (TMEA), the Midwest Composers Symposium, and the International Double Reed Society Conference (IDRS). He has also been performed by artists such as the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and the Atlanta Chamber Players. His work has also been featured in masterclasses with notable composers such as William Bolcom, John Harbison, and Lowell Liebermann.

With an eclectic musical palate and crafty compositional technique to match, Nabors’ music draws from combinations of Jazz Funk, R&B, and Gospel with the modern flair of contemporary classical music. This interesting blend of sound worlds is one that continues to craft his unique musical voice.

He was named the 2018-19 Composer-in-Residence with the Castle of Our Skins organization, a 2019 composer fellow in the American Composers Orchestra Earshot readings with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and 2019 cycle five grand prize winner of the Rapido! National Composition Contest by judges Robert Spano, Jennifer Higdon, and Michael Gandolfi. Nabors is also a 2019-2020 Fulbright scholarship recipient to Sydney, Australia, studying with composer Carl Vine at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

​Nabors earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degree in Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he studied with Douglas Knehans, Ellen Ruth Harrison and Miguel A. Roig-Francolí. Prior to graduate studies, he obtained a Bachelor of Music Theory & Composition degree from the School of the Arts at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, where he studied composition with Sarana Chou and piano with Kathryn Fouse.