Nicholas J. White is an emerging American composer who has been hailed as a refreshing unique voice among others of the new generation. Dr. William Wiedrich of the University of South Florida (USF) has compared White's sense of musical landscape, natural compositional flow, and imagination to composers such as Robert Helps and Leonard Bernstein. John Fleming (St. Petersburg Times) called White's work, "Accomplished, expressive, (with) dramatic flair: it lives up to the challenge". Whites music is modern and relevant, yet still pleasing for his audiences.
White attended the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) at Gibbs High School in Saint Petersburg, Florida where he doubled majored studying horn and saxophone. From his sophomore year forward he devoted a great deal of his time to composition, being mentored by long-‐time teacher, friend, and conductor of his work, Andre Dubas, and Dr. William Wiedrich of USF. Upon his exit from PCCA in 2005, White was awarded the ARTE Prodigy award an annual honor given to a student who demonstrates extraordinary facility in their discipline.
White was accepted to and briefly attended the New England Conservatory (NEC) of Music in Boston, Massachusetts as a student of composer John Mallia. He was one of five students accepted that year out of thousands of applicants. After leaving NEC he went on to study at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory N.A. Rimsky-‐Korsakov in Saint Petersburg, Russia and was one of a limited number of international students, including three Americans, admitted to the studio of Russian Composer Laureate, Sergei Slonimsky.
In 2006 White received his first commission, which became a multi-‐movement piece for Band entitled Souvenirs. The work was commissioned by Riviera Middle School and its then music director (and White's former teacher) David Mason. He has since written a number of works on commissions from private individuals, corporations, and non-‐profits including Saint Petersburg, Florida's The Studio@620 and American Stage Theater Company. Since 2007 White's works have been heard in seven countries including, Russia, Estonia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, the UK, and the United States, with recitals planned in Ireland, Florida, and New York in 2012. In 2009 The Studio@620 under the direction of Bob Devin Jones submitted Whites song cycle Long Dead's Longevity, 1952? (premiered at the Studio earlier in the year) for consideration for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.
On April 4, 2013 White received his Carnegie Hall compositional debut. His song cycle "Three Songs from 20th Century American Poets" was performed in recital by Norwegian soprano Camilla Ediassen and pianist Erling Eriksen.
White has written for a variety of ensembles from beginning level players to award winning professionals. He has written music for theater, film, jazz groups, popular music ensembles, and the concert stage with equal prowess. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Nicholas J. White is a proud member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM).