pianist from Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, who started
performing at five years of age and studied with Humberto
He also took up the trumpet and was good enough to be named to the
all-state band of New Jersey. When he was nineteen, he eschewed
the trumpet for his first love, the piano. He continued his studies at the
Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique de Paris.
He took over
his father’s company, Nanes Finishing and
Assembly Corporation, serving as co-owner and president for over three
decades. His business success
allowed him the capital to fund his music career, which included starting a
record company to produce his works.
was establishing himself as a composer and in May 1984, his “Symphony
No. 1” (“Atlantis:
The Sunken City”) was premiered in the Garden State. He was named Composer-in-Residence
by the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 1985, and the Cathedral Symphony
Orchestra performed his first symphony on national television.
No. 2” (“The False Benediction”) was premiered in Europe by the London Symphony Orchestra. More premieres followed in
1986: He gave the world
premiere of his own “Grand Etude in A major” in Beijing and Shanghai,
London Philharmonic premiered “Rhapsody Pathetique
for Violin and Orchestra; and, the Pacific Symphony delivered the first
performance of his “Symphony for Strings”.
He was invited
to the United Nations to perform recitals of his music in 1988. One of them was broadcast
internationally and is available on the economically titled Richard Nanes
at the United Nations.
In 1989, the
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra performed his “Concerto Grosso” on television in Tokyo, Japan.
No. 3” (“The Holocaust”) and “Symphony No. 4”
(“The Eternal Conflict”) received their world premieres in the Soviet Union in the 1990s. The Moscow Philharmonic performed
the fourth symphony and the Kharkiv Festival
Orchestra performed the third symphony at the Kiev International Music
The Santa Fe
Symphony Orchestra in New Mexico
appointed him their composer-in-residence in 1997.
He received a
Diploma for Achievement in Fine Arts and a Medal of Honor from the Austrian
Albert Schweitzer Society in 1999 for his contributions both artistic and
From 2000 to
2007, he received the Silver International Angel Award eight consecutive
times from the Excellence in Media Foundation.
He died from
cancer on 8th October 2009.
On 11th October 2009, a memorial service was held for him
at the Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel in Livingston, New Jersey.
which he appeared as artist and composer include: Adagio
for Piano and Orchestra, Rhapsody
Pathetique for Violin & Orchestra/Symphony
for Strings/Concerto Grosso for Brass Trio &
Chamber Orchestra, Symphony No. 1
“Atlantis: The Sunken
City”/Symphony No. 2 “The False Benediction” and Symphony No. 3 “The Holocaust”/Symphony
No. 4 “The Eternal Conflict” with the London Philharmonic
Orchestra; Five String Quartets
by the Budapest String Quartet; and In
Recital in Moscow & Kiev, Nocturnes
of the Celestial Seas, Piano Concerto
No. 2 in A/Solo Prelude & Rhapsody No. 5 in C sharp minor, Rhapsody and Fugato No. 2 in D
minor/Grand Etude in A major and Sonnets
and Sketches from a Composer’s Notebook.
You can hear
and see the late Richard Nanes’ works on
videos, Holocaust Symphony No. 3
by the Kharkiv Festival Orchestra and Rhapsody Pathetique
and Symphony No. 4 “The
Eternal Conflict” by the Moscow Philharmonic.
trail as a composer can be traced to the Eastman School of Music, MIT, the
public libraries of Chicago and New York, and the universities of Louisville
and New Mexico.
Adagio for Piano and Orchestra (Richard Nanes)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor – Thomas Sanderling