Richard Nanes is an internationally acclaimed composer and pianist and the recipient of eight consecutive Silver International Angel Awards (2000-2007) presented by Excellence in Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to quality family oriented programming in all facets of communication. He graduated from Nutley High School in 1946.
Mr. Nanes is noted for combining 21st Century musical values in his music with the passion and romance of the 19th Century. He captured the attention of the public with his keyboard recording Nocturnes of the Celestial Seas and the first performance of his Concerto Grosso for brass trio and chamber orchestra at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.
International recognition followed with the European premiere of his Symphony No. 2 by the London Symphony Orchestra. A nationally televised performance of his Symphony No. 1 featured the late Yehudi Menuhin.
Mr. Nanes’ compositions have been presented by various orchestras in Paris, Kiev, Madrid, Budapest, Beijing and Tokyo. He has had two invitations to the former Soviet Union during the early 1990s for the world premiere of his Symphony No. 4 “The Eternal Conflict” presented by the Moscow Philharmonic and the world premiere of his Symphony No. 3 “The Holocaust” at the Kiev International Music Festival.
In 1997, Mr. Nanes was appointed composer-in-residence to the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1999, the Austrian Albert Schweitzer Society invited him to Brussels, Belgium, to receive its Medal of Honor and Diploma for Achievement in Fine Arts in recognition of his humanitarian works of music. His Symphony No. 3 “The Holocaust” was telecast nationally and worldwide three times in observance of the 60th anniversary of the Holocaust in May 2005.
Mr. Nanes maintains an active schedule of concerts and appearances.