about Nico



Nico Rhodes is a genre jumping, multilingual musician who collaborates with other artists and artforms to experience and explore music in as many styles as possible. Growing up touring around the globe surrounded by artists and the world of theatre – he is equally comfortable playing jazz, classical, funk or roots music, orchestrating a symphony, writing musicals, and conducting choirs. He begins his day with an expresso and practicing his Japanese, the language he is currently embracing.

Equally at home on keyboards and woodwinds, Nico Rhodes is a much sought-after composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and teacher who inhabits all styles, eras, and genres of music. Son of internationally renowned chanteuse Joelle Rabu and theatre technician Dusty Rhodes, from an early age he grew up on the road and in theatres, assimilating skills and preparing for life as a touring musician.

Nico has not stopped working since his first professional theatre gig as a multi-instrumentalist at the age of 17. As an accomplished musician, composer, and arranger, he has conducted more than 40 professional musical theatre productions across Canada; arranged for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, choirs, jazz groups and big band. With a portfolio of 100’s of original arrangements that span funk, to gospel, to rock, to choral and synth-pop, his composition skills have garnered him an exciting collaboration with international performers and writers in a new multi-platform musical theatre experience entitled Off the Beaten Path. Nico has received Ovation, Jessie, and SAT award nominations for his music direction of four Canadian musicals: ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ (2014), ‘Out of my Dreams’ (2015), ‘Best Laid Plans’ (2016) and ‘Talking Sex On Sunday (2020). In 2018 he was the recipient of Nanaimo’s Emerging Cultural Leader Award.



Nico n’a pas cessé de travailler depuis son premier concert de théâtre professionnel en tant que multi-instrumentiste à l’âge de 17 ans. En tant que musicien, compositeur et arrangeur accompli, il a dirigé plus de 40 productions de théâtre musical professionnel à travers le Canada; composé et arrangé pour orchestre symphonique, ensembles de chambre, chœurs, groupes de Jazz et Big Band.

En tant que pianiste et saxophoniste virtuose, Nico est constamment en demande pour enregistrement en studio ainsi que pour divers styles de performances musicales sur scène.

Avec un portefeuille de centaines d’arrangements originaux allant du funk au gospel, au rock, au choral et à la synth-pop, ses talents de compositeur lui ont valu une collaboration passionnante avec des interprètes et des écrivains internationaux dans une nouvelle expérience de théâtre musical virtuelle, multiplateforme intitulée Off The Beaten Path https://obpmusical.com/commissions/

Nico a aussi reçu des nominations de prix Ovation, Jessie et SAT pour sa direction musicale de 4 comédies musicales Canadiennes et est le récipiendaire du prix Emerging Cultural Leader Award 2018 de Nanaimo, la ville où il demeure depuis l’âge de 5 ans.

L’une de ses réalisations les plus récentes a été d’écrire tous les arrangements musicaux du célèbre spectacle de sa mère, Joëlle Rabu, ‘Tonight…Piaf’ pour orchestre symphonique.


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