Lecturer, Studio Composition
Noah Kellman is a pianist, composer, author and music producer based in New York City. A recipient of two ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards for his compositions “The Piemaker” (2011) and “Get Lost” (2008), he graduated from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Scoring For Film & Multimedia. In 2017, Noah was part of the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop, where he worked with director Federico Spiazzi and composed the music for the Columbia University Film Festival trailer. He went on to receive the 2017 ASCAP Henry Mancini Music Fellowship after recording a 12-piece big band for the score.
Currently finishing authoring The Game Music Handbook, for release with Oxford University Press, Noah is a founding member of Frost Lab Studios, an independent game studio operating in NYC currently working on Plague the Peasants, a 2.5D Real- Time Strategy game in which the player plays as a plague infecting a village, and Orbit Quest, a mobile arcade-style game. Noah has worked on various innovative multimedia projects, including To Be With Hamlet (2018), a live, Shakespeare performance that takes place in virtual reality; Where Shadows Slumber (2018), a mobile video game that uses an interactive shadow to reveal hidden objects; and Grobo (2019), a 2D mobile puzzle platformer. Noah also worked alongside composer Grace Kelly as Music Producer for Raphael Sbarge’s 2017 film The Bird Who Could Fly, which won an array of awards at the Asians On Film Festival, as well as the Audience Choice Best Short Film award at the First Glance Film Festival. In 2017, Noah composed the score to Beneath the Surface, a heart-wrenching documentary about head and neck cancer patients and their battles with the disease.
Noah has also built an impressive reputation as a jazz pianist and educator. 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. Kellman then graduated from SUNY Purchase, where he was selected for the President’s Award in Arts Management.
A lover of all narrative music, Noah continues to create cinematic soundscapes that intersect the acoustic and electronic worlds. In the songwriting world, Noah has played keyboard with and arranged/orchestrated music for songwriter/producer Elliot Moss. He has also garnered attention across numerous media under his stage name “Nozart.”
The Game Music Handbook: A Practical Guide to Crafting An Unforgettable Soundscape | Oxford University Press