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As a multidisciplinary artist, Nikolas Jeleniauskas (Lithuanian: [jɛ lə ˈnɑʊ skɑs] b. 1982) explores different facets of artistic communication through his work as a composer, digital designer, web developer, and dancer in dramatic stage performances, crafting elegant and meaningful digital products, and writing music that is timbrally rich, deeply structured, and both intimate and dynamic.

Nikolas’ music has been hailed as “exciting and colorful”, combining the dramatic and lyrical into “surprising colors and textures”. His works have been presented throughout the United States in concert halls, chamber music recitals, stage works, galleries, and in radio broadcast by the Society for New Music, Trio Alexander, North/South Consonance, Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Indiana University Ballet Department, and the Eastman Composers Sinfonietta. He has also been the recipient of awards from New Music USA, New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA), ASCAP, Eastman School of Music, and Austin Peay State University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at the Eastman School of Music.

As a Digital Designer and Front-End Developer, Nikolas is passionate in ensuring that digital experiences are efficient and meaningful, from the conceptual phase all the way through final deployment and beyond. He has worked internationally on a wide array of projects, from statistical databases and news delivery systems, to sports leagues, research studios, social networks, and smaller needs for individual artists and businesses.

Nikolas also enjoys a career in ballet and contemporary dance working as a soloist in stage productions of standard repertoire (Romeo & Juliet, Le Corsaire, Swan, Lake, The Nutcracker), operas, new contemporary works, and collaborations with other composers. He has been privileged to work with Violette Verdy, Michael Vernon, and Jacques Cesbron and has worked as a guest artist with the Syracuse City Ballet, Utica Dance, Society for New Music, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Dance Center North, Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Kirkland Arts Center, Mohawk Valley Ballet, and Indiana University Ballet Theater.

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