The official website of Thomas Nielsen, the New York City and Washington, D.C. based composer and pianist.

Thomas Nielsen granted 2018 Evans Traveling Fellowship from Columbia University

Thomas has been awarded the Henry Evans Traveling Fellowship by Columbia College, a grant which supports purposeful travel in the year after graduation to pursue imaginative non-coursework projects beyond New York City. Thomas is traveling to New Zealand and Australia in July and August of 2018 to pursue research on the relatively undocumented history of New Zealand composer Alfred Hill's use of Indigenous (Maori) musical elements in his Western classical-style music at the turn of the 20th century.  Thomas developed this interest in representations of Indigenous music by nationalist classical composers with a research paper on the so-called Indianist composers active in America in the early 20th century, a project that he conducted under the tutelage of noted ethnomusicologist Aaron Fox in the course "Topics in Music and Society." 

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