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Thomas Nielsen


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    Lullaby and End Credits
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    For Hemingway
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    Family Secrets
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    The End of the Tape
Thomas Nielsen fell in love with music the first time he pressed the keys of a toy piano his grandmother bought for him when he was five.
Around the same time, he developed a voracious appetite for reading, the beginnings of a shared passion for music and storytelling that has shaped his life.
After winning the highest honors in piano and composition at the Peabody Preparatory in his hometown of Baltimore, Thomas commenced college at Columbia University in New York, where he became interested in how he could combine his loves of reading and music to connect with the world around him. It was here that he found his calling: film scoring. After four years balancing freelancing with his studies, Thomas graduated magna cum laude with a double degree in music and English. He was also awarded Phi Beta Kappa, as well as departmental honors for his English thesis, which he wrote on the dramatic purpose of music in Shakespeare's plays.
In the years since Thomas began scoring, he has worked on dramas, documentaries, web content, commercials, indie thrillers, and many other interesting projects; his most recent work is a score for the short film "For Hemingway." In his spare time, he dabbles in ethnomusicology, and is currently completing a paper on Māori influences in the music of Alfred Hill, a 20th century New Zealand composer. In his free time, Thomas also loves reading poetry, hiking, and drinking large servings of iced coffee.


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