Brian Raphael Nabors (b.1991, Birmingham, AL) is a composer of emotionally enriching
music that tells exciting narratives with its vibrant themes and colorful harmonic language.
Nabors’ music has been performed by the Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort
Worth, and Munich Symphonies. His music has been performed at many events across the
US, including the National Orchestral Institute (NOI) and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Nabors’ music draws from combinations of Jazz Funk, R&B, and Gospel with the modern flair
of contemporary classical music.
He was named a 2021 composition fellow of the Tanglewood music festival; a 2019
composer fellow in the American Composers Orchestra’s Earshot program with the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra; a 2019 composer fellow with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s
Composer Lab; and 2019 cycle five grand prize winner of the Rapido! National Composition
Contest. Nabors was also a 2020 Fulbright scholarship recipient to Sydney, Australia,
studying with composer Carl Vine at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Nabors earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degree in Composition at the
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Bachelor of Music
Theory & Composition degree from the School of the Arts at Samford University. (2023)