Nicholas Pavkovic received an A.B. from the University of Chicago in mathematics and an M.M. in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Elinor Armer. His 2011 composition, Angelus Novus, received the school’s James Highsmith Award for orchestral composition.
A prolific composer for film, Pavkovic has scored more than two dozen narrative features and shorts, and was named a Sundance Composers Lab fellow in 2008. In the same year he received the grand prize in the Percussive Arts Society composition competition for Concertino for Piano and Percussion.
He is active in the planning and administration of the San Francisco Conservatory’s annual Hot Air Music Festival, which hosted the premiere of his chamber opera, Sredni Vashtar, in 2010. In 2011, SFCM alumnus and pianist Robin Sutherland premiered Pavkovic’s Rhapsody for Viola and Piano with San Francisco Symphony violist Jonathan Vinocour. Sutherland subsequently commissioned Volante, a three-movement suite for clarinet and piano.
Mr. Pavkovic is Executive Director of the Ross McKee Foundation, and a professor of musicianship and music theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Name: Nicholas Pavkovic
Lives in: San Francisco, California
Company: Music for Film
Occupation: Music Composer and Musician
Highsmith Award for Orchestral Composition
Sundance Institute Composer Fellow
Percussive Arts Composition Competition
Park City Film Music Festival
Lake Forest Symphony Young Artist's Competition
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco, CA)
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)