I am a composer/orchestrator living in New York City. I compose for a variety of mediums including: orchestral music, chamber ensembles (classical, jazz, contemporary and ethnic), choir, TV and film.


Tom Nazziola’s music has been featured on virtually every medium in the world of composition. From "live film music" to choral and orchestral pieces, his work has been performed in France, Ireland, Slovenia, Guatemala, Croatia and throughout the United States —as well as broadcast nationally and internationally on radio and television. His highly praised film score for "The Golem" was featured on John Schaefer’s New Sounds (WNYC); his compositions have also been aired on NBC, ABC, ESPN, BET, and CBS. His music has supported national ad campaigns, documentaries, and news programs with a recognizable client list including: Dateline NBC, Special Olympics, Fox College Sports, NFL Network, ABC’s Primetime Medical Mysteries, Hooking up and CBS News. In addition to composing, he is also the musical director and orchestrator for The BQE Project, a celebrated New York-based chamber ensemble known for its original compositions performed live-to-film.

Nazziola’s orchestrations have also found an audience. He is responsible for orchestrating music for the U.S. Open (opening ceremony) for two consecutive years; he was also commissioned to orchestrate Edward MacDowell’s "Woodland Sketches" for a performance by the New York Philharmonic with guest artist Garrison Keillor. He has served as head orchestrator and conductor for Broadway Asia International’s "Race for Love," which premiered in Huairou, China. Other orchestration accomplishments include Korean opera, "Another Sun" and popular PBS children’s TV series, "Ditty Doodleworks."

Tom has been commissioned by the American Composer’s Forum, VocalEssence, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of the Moving Image and the New Jersey Youth Symphony (first commissioned composer by this organization) among others. He has received numerous awards, including the Bistro Award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, AMBY Award, and the Erich Parker Parent's Choice Award. His music has been featured on several radio stations across the country including: NPR, WNYC, WWUH, WJFF and WCAL.

As a performer, Nazziola has played with Michael Brecker, Gerry Mulligan, Rufus Reid, Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell, Terrance Blanchard, Mark Murphy, Susannah McCorkle, Jeff Beal, Richie Beirach, John Hollenbeck, Marvin Hamlisch, Gloria Gaynor and Terry Sliverlight. He has also played percussion in Martin Short’s Broadway play "Fame Becomes Me," and performed on the soundtrack for Paramount Picture’s "Mad Hot Ballroom." Tom’s performances can also be heard on Disney's "Baby Einstein" CDs and DVDs in which he has served as principal keyboardist for over 10 years.

Tom is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds a masters degree in composition from Brooklyn College. He also studied composition and orchestration at the Juilliard School and at the Mannes School of Music.

I am interested in composing for any and all mediums - from film scores to chamber ensembles and soloists. By drawing from a diverse musical background, I seek to present a well-informed approach to composition...letting my imagination move in whatever direction best serves the subject at hand.


Describe your music

- Premier of “Bass Palmas” (composed for contrabass quartet) at the “Bang on a Can Summer Festival”  (2013).

- Cantori New York performance of choral work “Mediterranean Trilogy” (European Premier) (2013).

- Room for 4 (percussion quartet) composed for Cajon and doumbek. World premier was given by the Ithaca Percussion Ensemble led by Gordon Stout in December (2011).

- Featured composer on John Schaefer's "New Sounds Live" (WNYC) with excerpts from new, original score to "The Golem" as performed by the BQE Project at the World Financial Center (2011).

- Transcendence: composed for full orchestra. Available for performances (2007).

- Orchestrated MacDowell's "Woodland Sketches" which received a performance by the New York Philharmonic (2006).

Additional info

Staples Commercial (2013) -

"Nazziola is doing astonishing compositional work...His talent is rare. His contribution indispensable." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine