Nailah Nombeko is a native New Yorker. Her music has been performed all over the US in such venues as Symphony Space, Columbia University, The University of Kansas, The University of Kentucky, The International Double Reed Conference at the University of Colorado,National Sawdust and The Portland Opera. Internationally her music was performed in the Netherlands with soprano Marijke Groenendaal and in England at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Ms. Nombeko is primarily an art song composer receiving commissions from Sparks and Wiry Cries to write for international opera star Karen Slack, and Kara Dugan for WQXR’s “In a New York Minute” where five composers were commissioned to set poems about life during the pandemic. This was premiered in December 2021.
In August of 2021 Ms. Nombeko’s short opera entitled “Sunder” was premiered at the University of Maryland and the Annapolis Opera. This performance was a new work reading with the Maryland Opera Studio. In addition to receiving art song and opera commissions she was commissioned to write a string quartet for the ETHEL Quartet and for renowned oboist Jared Hauser with Intersection Music in Nashville TN. Ms. Nombeko was also one of nine composers commissioned by Ex-Aequo for their "Changing the Canon" project.
In March of 2022, soprano Jennifer Sgroe premiered two songs composed by Ms. Nombeko for her commissioning initiative entitled "Project 2020." The theme of these commissions was to highlight the racial injustice in America and the isolation that we felt as a society during Covid. Lastly, she was commissioned by soprano Emily Albrink for her new album on the experiences of women, to be released soon!
Nailah Nombeko is a member of the African American Art Song Alliance, Vox Novus and the New York Women Composers. Her song Nobody Knows is published by E.C. Schirmer.