Nathan Pangrazio is an Emmy award winning film composer, with an extensive background in classical training as a composer, a pianist, a choral conductor, singer, and music educator. He is from a family rich in music and art, and his father is an internationally known art director for film, (Michael Pangrazio).
He was recognized at an early age as a remarkable and prodigious composer, and at 15 he was commissioned to write his first piece that achieved widespread attention. His work, “Kyrie Eleison” was performed multiple times in both the United States and Europe, and was received enthusiastically by sold-out audiences.
Nathan’s achievements prior to age 20 include a commission to write music for the internationally respected Carmel Bach Festival, a gold medal award from the Monterey Bay Blues Festival for outstanding musicianship, and fourth place in California’s statewide piano competition.
He attended Indiana University School of Music on youth merit scholarship, and later for degrees in both composition and vocal performance. After moving to Los Angeles, he became the music director and choral master of a prominent Los Angeles cathedral, and the founder of a music conservatory, “Pangrazio Music,” which employs the industry’s leading instructors and performers.
As a classical composer Nathan’s work ranges from a series of Nocturnes for solo piano, song cycles, both in french and Italian, chamber works, including the commission from Hidden Valley Institute of the Arts for a work for flute ensemble, full orchestral works and choral work. In 2015 Nathan’s “Requiem”, for full chorus and orchestra received a world premiere with William Jewell’s Concert Choir, an 80 Member Nationally Award Winning Chorus.
In the film industry Nathan, has produced numerous scores for feature films, short films, and commercial projects. His career began mostly in commercial music, notably scoring commercials and documents for Purina/Nestle aired on NBC. Nathan has scored numerous features and shorts with some of the leading producers and directors in Los Angeles including Steve Tisch, (Forest Gump) Mitchell Block (Big Mama), and Vanessa block, (The Testimony). Nathan has underscored performances by actors such as Wilford Brimley, (Cocoon), and Tom Sizemore, (Saving Private Rion).
Nathan’s collaboration with Steve Tisch and Vanessa Block earned their project a shortlisting at the 2016 Academy Awards. Then at the end of 2016, Nathan won an Emmy Award for his soundtrack to “Lew Wallace”, 90 minutes of music composed for this feature documentary about the civil war that aired on PBS. In 2017 Nathan received a Telly award in recognition of the same soundtrack. In addition to the two awards, the soundtrack received critical acclaim for a live performance of the score by Ohio Northern Symphony in 2016.
In 2017, Nathan teamed up with Mina Chow to score “Face of a Nation”, a politically relevant documentary that has been gaining traction in festivals, as well as a recent notable screening in the National Museum in Washington DC.