About

 

Noah Kellman is a composer for film and game based in New York City. He grew up in Syracuse, NY, where he often sat at the top of the staircase in his home, listening to his father play a variety of pieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart. By age 5, his father had taught him most of these pieces by ear. When he was 10-years-old, Kellman heard Duke Ellington for the first time and began studying jazz intensively. While building his skill as a jazz pianist, Kellman was constantly composing and producing songs. Kellman's musical foundation stems partly from his long devotion to jazz. He was often inspired by the story-like musical nature of the collaborations between pianist Brad Mehldau and composer Jon Brion. Other important influences come from classical music and soundtrack composers, including greats such as John Williams, Danny Elfman, Stravinsky and Ravel. "

 

Early on in his career, Kellman won numerous awards for his ability as a pianist and as a composer. In 2008 at age 16, he was the youngest person to attend the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, where he worked with Dr. Billy Taylor and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC with other participants from around the world. He was also awarded eight Downbeat Student Music Awards. In 2009, Downbeat Magazine selected him as the “Best High School Jazz Soloist” in the country."

 

From 2009 to 2010, Kellman attended the Brubeck Institute, where he studied and performed with jazz greats as Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride. He received two ASCAP Young Jazz Composer awards, including one in 2009 for his composition "The Piemaker." Kellman then graduated from SUNY Purchase, where he was selected for the President's Award in Arts Management. During his time there, he began testing his ability as a film composer, writing music for multiple student films, including multiple collaborations with director Daniel Kharlak on his short films Bridges (2011), and Stolen Memories (2012). "

 

In 2015, Kellman toured the country as keyboardist/synthesist for Elliot Moss' band as they opened for the Cold War Kids on their winter national tour. He also spent the year developing Nozart and released his first single, "Long Long Time," in February.