Department of Music

Nick Bentz Selected as a Winner of Wigmore Hall's Lockdown Commissions Scheme

Nick BentzNick Bentz, composer and PhD candidate in Music & Multimedia Composition at Brown University, was selected by Wigmore Hall in London as a winner of their Lockdown Commissions Scheme, as one of 16 international awardees out of a pool of over 700 applicants. Nick will write a substantial work to be premiered at Wigmore Hall in 2025. Bravo, Nick!

Nick Bentz (b. 1994, Charleston, SC) is a composer and violinist whose art is drawn to the remote fringes and recesses of human experience. In his work he seeks to render intimately personal spaces imbued with an individual sense of storytelling and narrative. Finding inspiration in historical materials, Nick's work often explores the destructive relationship between sound artifacts and time. His art centers around the blurring, juxtaposition, and amalgamation of stylistic idioms into singular sonic statements. Nick is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University, pursuing a doctorate in Music and Multimedia Composition, having earned prior degrees in composition and violin performance from the Peabody Institute and the University of Southern California. To learn more about Nick Bentz and his music, please visit