Nicholas Britell is a composer, pianist, and producer. He has recently finished the score for the film Gimme the Loot by Adam Leon, which won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in March 2012 and was an Official Selection for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Further film credits include music featured in the film New York, I Love You, and in Natalie Portman's directorial debut short film, Eve, (which brought attention to his piece "Forgotten Waltz No. 2").
This year, he has also scored Michele Mitchell's PBS documentary Haiti: Where Did the Money Go as well as Saro Varjabedian's film After Water There Is Sand, for which he and Saro were awarded the ASCAP/Doddle Award for Collaborative Achievement. Other recent films he has scored include the films Half-Life and The Air Inside Her directed by Darya Zhuk, Plastic, directed by Andrew Baker, and Jack Riccobono's two films Rage for Sale and The Rib. In addition, Britell has scored the documentary Hammer and Cycle, narrated by Sam Waterston, as well as the indie feature Domino One. In 2012, he has also written music for a dance film entitled "Bacchanale" by Black Swan's choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Featuring Lil Buck and the New Styles Krew, the film blends street dancing with ballet accompanied by Britell's recording of Bach's Double Harpsichord Concerto B.W.V. 1060 re-imagined with elements including woodwinds, drums, electric bass, looping, and glitch FX.
As a pianist, his work and projects have been featured in publications including New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Vogue, which called him among "the most talented young artists at work." For the past year, he has been performing as part of the "Portals" project with violin virtuoso Tim Fain. "Portals" is a multimedia concert program featuring music by Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, William Bolcom, and Aaron Jay Kernis as well as films by Kate Hackett and Benjamin Millepied. Britell has been performing for audiences from a very young age, giving his first public recital at the age of 10 in Manhattan. A winner of multiple regional competitions and awards, he performed concerti by Beethoven and Schumann with orchestras before the age of 14. A student of the late Jane Carlson at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division, he has performed at venues including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Juilliard, Steinway Hall, the Palace Theater, Harvard University's Fogg Museum of Art and Signet Society, the Aspen Music Festival, and the National Arts Club. He has also performed Mozart's Piano Concerti Nos. 12 and 14 at the landmark Old Westbury Gardens with an orchestra led by noted conductor Eric Jacobsen.
In addition, Britell was the keyboardist in the hip-hop ensemble The Witness Protection Program. The WPP, as they were known, opened acts for hip-hop groups including Blackalicious and Jurassic 5 and performed at venues ranging from the Paradise Theater in Boston to New York's classic Arlene's Grocery.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, where he earned a degree in Psychology with honors.