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Nico Muhly

Nico Muhly graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a degree in English Literature and in 2004, received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied composition under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano.

Muhly’s orchestral works have been premiered by the American Symphony, Juilliard and Boston University Tanglewood Institute orchestras, the Boston Pops ( Wish You Were Here, 2007 ), and the Chicago Symphony ( Step Team, 2007 ).

In 2005, the Clare College Choir broadcast Muhly’s evensong canticles live on BBC3, and New York’s Saint Thomas Church commissioned and performed his Bright Mass with Canons, a work that has entered their regular repertoire. With designer/illustrator Maira Kalman, he created the “finely wrought” (New York Times) cantata on Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style that premiered in the New York Public Library, landing him on New York Magazine ‘s 2005 “Year’s-Best” list.

Film credits include his scores for Choking Man, Joshua and 2008’s Oscar-nominated The Reader, and he has worked extensively with Philip Glass as editor, keyboardist and conductor for numerous film and stage projects. Recently, he conducted excerpts from Einstein on the Beach for a new ballet by Benjamin Millepied at the Opéra de Paris. American Ballet Theater commissioned and premiered Muhly and Millepied’s collaboration From Here On Out in 2007, and the Paris Opéra ballet premiered a newly commissioned collaboration between Muhly and Millepied in 2008.

He has also lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to other musicians, including Björk, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Antony of Antony and the Johnsons, the Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson and American folk singer Sam Amidon.

Both of Muhly’s albums, Speaks Volumes (2007) and Mothertongue (2008), as well as his live shows, have received high acclaim in the international press. Before Mothertongue ’s American release, Muhly was invited to present concerts of his chamber music at both Carnegie Hall and the Whitney Museum.

Upcoming commissions include an opera developed by the Metropolitan Opera and the English National Opera and a dance with choreographer Stephen Petronio.

 Nico Muhly

photo Peter Ross

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