Nico Muhly


This website was passed on to me by one of our patrons [this is her son]…and I had to share it with all of you [he’s a Randolph Center, Vermont Native]
Nico’s Biography

Born in Vermont in 1981 and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Nico Muhly graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a degree in English Literature. In 2004 he received a Masters in Music 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 Orchestra (Fits & Bursts, 2003), the Juilliard Orchestra (So to Speak and 2004 ASCAP winner Out of the Loop), and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Orchestra (2006’s It Remains to Be Seen, a commission celebrating their 40th anniversary). In 2004, his small ensemble work By All Means was performed at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and his first set of evensong canticles was sung at Clare and Girton colleges, Cambridge. The Clare College Choir broadcast these canticles live on the BBC3 in 2005 and has since commissioned other works. In New York, also in 2005, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue commissioned and performed his Bright Mass with Canons, and on the Tiber in Rome, Muhly’s music was played as part of a multimedia installation for the summer solstice, 2006.

Performing on piano and celeste, he has appeared with the Juilliard Orchestra, accompanied Lou Reed and Philip Glass on the stage of Carnegie Hall, and played under the baton of John Adams for Carnegie’s Zankel Hall opening. He has worked extensively with Glass as editor, keyboardist, and conductor for numerous stage works and film scores, recently conducting excerpts from Einstein on the Beach in collaboration with choreographer Benjamin Millepied at the Opéra de Paris.

He has also collaborated with Björk—handling keyboards and arrangements for her disc Medúlla, and conducting her score for Matthew Barney’s film Drawing Restraint 9—and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons. His work with Antony has included arranging and conducting performances in England and Holland, and in 2007, they worked together on a new Shakespeare setting for The Sonnet Project, a program curated by Gavin Bryars for Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Muhly has worked at M&Co., a graphic design firm, and with designer/illustrator Maira Kalman created a 30-minute song cycle on Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style that premiered in the New York Public Library in 2005, landing him on the year’s-best list of New York magazine. Speaks Volumes, a disc of new chamber music and electronics created with producer Valgeir Sigurðsson, has already received equally glowing reviews from the international press and arrived in the United States in March 2007.

Link to News [and samples of his work]:

Link to Q&A with Nico:


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