Thomas Nicholson (*1995 in Fredericton, Canada) is a composer, keyboardist and violinist. After studying composition with Christopher Butterfield at the University of Victoria (Canada), he moved to Berlin in 2017 to work closely with Marc Sabat at the Berlin University of the Arts. Driven by (artistic) practices from many times and fields ranging from cosmology to painting to interdisciplinary experiments, his compositions since 2014 have focused on the fragile interaction between counterpoint and the distinctive harmonic ‘fusing’ evoked through microtonal just intonation (‘pure tuning’). Composing primarily for chamber settings, he is actively researching and developing the practical means of realising microtonal music on acoustic instruments. His recent awards and honours include first prizes from the SOCAN Foundation for compositions MOTTE and ABOUT (2017) as well as SOCAN’s John Weinzweig Grand Prize (2017), the DAAD Prize from the Berlin University of the Arts (2018), and a feature in CBC Music’s ‘30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30’ (2018).
Photo: Christina Marx (2019)
in memoriam (2014)
for piano in any tuning : [n/a]'
for mezzo-soprano and objects : 4'
for piano in equal temperament : 7'
number seven (2015)
for any four stringed instruments : 24'
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano in equal temperament : 10'
for string quartet : 8'
18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124/1.harp/strings : 15'
number five (2015)
126.96.36.199/188.8.131.52/timpani.2/strings : 11'
Tombeau de souvenirs (2014)
184.108.40.206/220.127.116.11/timpani/strings : 6'
Trois pièces d’après Kandinsky (2012)
18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124/timpani.piano/strings : 10'
servicemaster (2016/2017) with Kimberley Farris-Manning
for alto recorder, viola and keyboard with video installation : 55'
Helmholtz-Ellis 31-Limit Harmonic Space Calculator link↪
for just intonation composition and research
with Johnston Notation to HE Converter and 23-Limit Enharmonic Search function
(version 2.1 - 28.11.2018)
Farey Sequences Map Playable Nodes on a String (2019)
mathematical model of harmonic nodes; musical applications
with Marc Sabat
Irreducible divisions of a string (2019)
nodal positions for natural harmonics 1° through 36° as mediants between nodes of lower harmonics (Farey tree)
with corresponding stopped pitches defining a 31-limit harmonic space