The BQE Project
Tom rehearsing the BQE Project
Musical Director / Composer

Tom Nazziola’s music has been featured on virtually every medium in the world of composition. From "live film music" to choral and orchestral pieces, his work has been performed in France, Ireland, Slovenia, Guatemala, Croatia and throughout the United States — as well as broadcast nationally and internationally on radio and television. His music has been performed by several contemporary ensembles including: Bang on a Can (summer festival), New York Philharmonic, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, VocalEssence, Cantori NY, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony among others. His highly praised film score for "The Golem" was featured on John Schaefer’s “New Sounds” (WNYC); his compositions have also been aired on NBC, ABC, ESPN, BET, and CBS. His music has supported national ad campaigns, documentaries, and news programs with a recognizable client list including: Staples, Subway, Special Olympics, Dexter, Fox College Sports, NFL Network, ABC’s Primetime Medical Mysteries, Hooking up and CBS News. In addition to composing, he is also the musical director and orchestrator for The BQE Project, a celebrated New York-based chamber ensemble known for its original compositions performed live-to-film.

Nazziola’s orchestrations have also found an audience. He is responsible for orchestrating music for the U.S. Open; he has served as head orchestrator and conductor for Broadway Asia International’s "Race for Love," which premiered in Huairou, China. Other orchestration accomplishments include Korean opera, "Another Sun" and popular PBS children’s TV series, "Ditty Doodleworks".

Tom has been commissioned by the American Composer’s Forum, VocalEssence, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Cantori NY, Museum of the Moving Image and the New Jersey Youth Symphony (first commissioned composer by this organization) among others. He has received numerous awards, including the Bistro Award, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, AMBY Award, and the Erich Parker Parent's Choice Award. His music has been featured on several radio stations across the country including: NPR, WNYC, WWUH, WJFF and WCAL.

As a performer, Nazziola has played with Rufus Reid, Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, George Russell, Terrance Blanchard, Jeff Beal, Richie Beirach, John Hollenbeck, Michael Brecker, Gerry Mulligan Marvin Hamlisch, Gloria Gaynor and Terry Silverlight. He has also played percussion in Martin Short’s Broadway play “Fame Becomes Me“ as well as the Broadway smash hit “Newsies“. In the area of film has recorded on the soundtrack for Paramount Picture’s “Mad Hot Ballroom.“ Tom’s performances can also be heard on Disney's "Baby Einstein" CDs and DVDs in which he has served as principal keyboardist for over 10 years.

Tom is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds a masters degree in composition from Brooklyn College and is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at Rutgers University. He also studied composition and orchestration at the Juilliard School and at the Mannes School of Music.