Born in 1950, Nicholas Sackman Studied music at Nottingham University and then at Leeds University with Alexander Goehr. He spent fifteen years teaching music in London and Hertfordshire before returning to the Music Department of Nottingham University, in 1990, to teach composition.
His compositions have been commissioned by, amongst others, the BBC, London Sinfonietta, Lontano, Arditti Quartet, Balanescu Quartet, Swiss Winds, the Bern Flute Quartet, Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra, Nottingham University, Southbank Summerscope Festival, Nottingham Youth Orchestra, Sarah Nicolls, Sinfonia ViVA, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Recordings of Piano Sonata and String Quartet No.2 can be found on Metier, and Hawthorn (Proms 1993) is available on the NMC label, as is Meld (for piano, percussion and brass). Another Metier CD, of chamber compositions, was released in 2005.
Recent compositions included Cross hands (for piano), Puppets (for percussion quartet) and Concerto in black (commissioned by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and premiered in 2007). Sackman's setting, for tenor and percussion, of the medieval poem Maiden in the Moor was released as part of the NMC Songbook; a new Violin Sonata will be premiered by Ruth Palmer in 2010.