American Composers Forum
Conceptual artist, musician and educator Nora York specializes in deconstructing and re-imagining established musical masterworks. "Ingenious...radical...extravagant talent." —New Yorker “Nora York is the conceptualist Diva.” —Downbeat
My love of music started at a very young age when my parents saw how entranced I was with someone's piano. My grandmother bought an old upright piano for me which then began my love for music. Throughout high school I excelled quickly in learning to play many different instruments...until I got my hands on an oboe. I stuck with oboe through college (piano minor). I didn't own my own oboe so once I left college I never played again...so I went on to singing. I learned I had a love of opera so I studied, took lessons and participated in competitions. I eventually moved to New York and was making a living doing nothing but singing until I got throat cancer in my nasal cavity. I am cancer free but treatments ruined my singing voice so the next natural progression for me was to compose. I love creating and writing music that touch the performers and audiences. I'm currently writing a chamber opera based on "The death of Ivan Ilych" by Tolstoy but am also looking to write a few song cycles. Let me know if you're a librettist and interested in a collaboration.
A veteran composer of concert music, sonic sculptures, soundscapes, new media works and ambient environments for public spaces and gallery installations. He also composes music for television, film and advertising.