Greg Nahabedian is a gender non-binary (they/them pronouns) composer, teacher, and performer of orchestral, operatic, and chamber music that often incorporates spoken word, storytelling and explores social, political, and spiritual themes.
2014’s If The Lord Should So Incline My Heart, an hour-long "melologue" (a term taken from Berlioz's Lélio) depicting the life of the 18th century slave trader, John Newton was described by the Worcester Telegram as , “molded with care and fearlessness, a daring which deserves to be rewarded.” In 2018 Greg premiered their opera War Is A Racket, based on the life of Smedley Butler with a libretto written by the composer.
Greg’s music has been performed by A Very Small Consortium, Hypercube, Kevin Madison, June Aino, Neil Parsons, Joshua Scheid and The Boston Conservatory Composer’s Orchestra and has received commissions from Mazumal, Drag Yourself Together, Boy Nirvana, Histamine Tapes, Waywords and Meansigns, Split The Lark, June Violet Aino, Michael Johnson, Kelvyn Konig, Alissa Voth, Alec Norkey, Joshua Scheid, and #45miniatures. In 2018 Greg was named as finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Award.
In 2017 Greg started the Boston New Music Calendar with vocalist Felicia Chen. The calendar compiles new music events in the Greater Boston Area and distributes information via social media and a stand alone website. Greg also co-founded the record label and art press Dollhouse Lightning along with visual artist Boy Nirvana.
Greg received their B.A. in Music Composition from Hampshire College in 2014 under Marty Ehrlich and Kate Soper and their M.M. in Music Composition from Boston Conservatory in 2018 under Curtis Hughes and Felipe Lara.
Greg is a member of the art punk bands Dérive and Cheap City, and often performs as a musical storytelling solo artist.