Full Name
Nicholas Britell
Job Title
The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)
Twice Academy Award nominated and EMMY winning composer and pianist Nicholas Britell is known for his critically acclaimed scores, including those for Barry Jenkins’ 2018 If Beale Street Could Talk and Jenkins’ 2017 Academy Award Best Picture winner Moonlight. Britell received Academy Award nominations for both those films as well as BAFTA and Critics Choice nominations for If Beale Street Could Talk. He received Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations as well as the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score (Dramatic Feature) for Moonlight. The year prior, he wrote the score for Adam McKay’s The Big Short, which marked the start of his collaboration with the Academy Award winning writer-director-producer. In 2018, he wrote the score for McKay’s Vice, starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Britell’s most recent film work is the score for Netflix’s The King, starring Timothée Chalamet. For television, Britell scores HBO's Succession, for which he won the 2019 EMMY for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score.

In 2019, Britell was honored by the World Soundtrack Awards with the Film Composer of the Year Award for his scores for If Beale Street Could Talk and Vice. In 2020, the World Soundtrack Awards honored Britell for a second year running, this time with the TV Composer of the Year Award for Succession.

Britell is a Steinway Artist and is also a Creative Associate of the Juilliard School. In December 2018, it was announced that Britell will be part of Esa-Pekka Salonen's newly formed creative collective "brain trust" as Salonen takes the reins as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. His recent public performances have included concerts at London’s Barbican Hall, the Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles, Chicago’s Ravinia, and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Britell’s upcoming projects include Barry Jenkins’ The Underground Railroad series for Amazon, Disney’s Cruella starring Emma Stone as well as Jenkins’ The Lion King for Disney, HBO’s Succession’s Season 3 and Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up for Netflix.
Nicholas Britell