Nolan Krell is a composer of experimental music living on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples (Victoria, BC). His music examines the intersections and boundaries of musical physicality with specific attention given to sensitive, challenging, and reductive sounds. He is interested in how notation affects the plurality of performance via information saturation and the grounding of notation in movement. His music has been performed by Quatuor Bozzini, Orkest de Ereprijs, Heather Roche, Quasar quatuor de saxophones, Samuel Cedillo, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra among others.
Nolan completed his Masters of Music at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he studied composition and electronic music with Gordon Fitzell and Örjan Sandred. He completed his Bachelors of Music at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC where he studied composition and theory with Christopher Butterfield, Dániel Péter Biró, and John Celona, and guitar performance with Alexander Dunn. In the recent past, he has also received individual lessons from Richard Ayres, Detlef Heusinger, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Martijn Padding, Marc Sabat, Linda Catlin Smith, and Owen Underhill.
While studying at UVic, he has been the recipient of the Martlet Music Award for Excellence in Advanced Composition (2014/2015), the Murray Adaskin Prize in Music Composition (2014/2015) and the Mary M. & Erich P. Schwandt Scholarship (2013/2014 and 2014/2015) for his academic achievements. In February 2015, he participated in the 21st international Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and composed a work for the Orkest de Ereprijs. In May 2015, he attended the Bozzini Lab 2015 at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, and composed a new work for the Quatuor Bozzini. In June 2016, he participated in the inaugural Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML) and composed a new work for the event.