Colin I. Nossek (b. 1999) is a composer and clarinetist dedicated to the creation of new, imaginative works that are accessible to a wide audience. They hold a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, where they studied with Dr. Yuanyuan HE (composition) and Dr. Jackie Glazier (clarinet). Nossek’s music is influenced by the natural world, dreams, and interpersonal relationships. They cite American folk music, Radiohead, electronic pop, and Maurice Ravel as their foremost inspirations. Nossek has received commissions internationally including those from award-winning saxophonist Don-Paul Kahl, the zooDuo, and contrabassoonist Susan Nigro. Nossek’s works for saxophone have been featured at NASA conferences in 2019 and 2021. Their recently commissioned work for clarinet and saxophone I think this is a ghost story recently received its European premiere by Duo Entre- nous at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
As a performer, Nossek is a proponent of new music. They believe in decolonization of the classical music canon and are always looking to perform new or underperformed works by women, queer composers, and composers of color. While studying at the University of Arizona, Nossek held the position of principal clarinet and principal bass clarinet in the UA Wind Ensemble and participated in the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Vulpes Wind Quintet, and the Avian Trio. Nossek was selected as the winner of the 2021 University of Arizona President’s Competition (Winds/Brass/Percussion division) for their performance of Scott McAllister’s Black Dog.
Nossek identifies as gender-fluid and uses they/them pronouns. Outside of music, they are an aficionado of horror fiction and horror cinema. Their YouTube channel The Composer Next Door explores novels with transgressive themes, often within the splatterpunk and extreme horror sub- genres. Nossek works in a used bookstore and loves nothing more than a ratty paperback copy of a Richard Laymon novel and a bottomless cup of coffee!