Nicholas Pavkovic

Nicholas Pavkovic

Music for Film

Music composer and musician in San Francisco, California

About Nicholas

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)

  • UCLA

  • University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

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