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Nico Muhly is an American composer and musician known for his innovative works that blend classical, pop, and electronic music. Born in Vermont in 1981, Muhly began his musical career as a boy chorister at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. He went on to study music at Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied with notable composers such as John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse.
Muhly's early works included pieces for chamber ensembles and solo instruments, such as his 2003 piece "Clear Music" for solo piano and his 2004 work "It Goes Without Saying" for viola and piano. He also began to gain recognition for his collaborations with other musicians and artists, including indie rock band Grizzly Bear, singer-songwriter Antony Hegarty, and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.
In 2006, Muhly made his debut as an opera composer with "Two Boys," a work inspired by a true story of internet deception and murder. The opera premiered at the English National Opera in London and was later staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Muhly's other operatic works include "Dark Sisters" (2011), which explores the lives of women in a polygamous community, and "Marnie" (2017), based on the novel by Winston Graham and later adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Muhly has also composed extensively for film and television, with credits including the scores for the films "The Reader" (2008) and "Kill Your Darlings" (2013), as well as the HBO series "How to Make It in America" (2010-2011) and "The Young Pope" (2016). He has also collaborated with Icelandic singer Björk on several projects, including her 2004 album "Medúlla" and her 2011 album "Biophilia."
In addition to his work as a composer, Muhly is also an accomplished performer and conductor. He has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. He has also performed as a pianist and organist, and has toured extensively as a solo artist and with various ensembles.
Muhly's most recent work includes the 2019 opera "Marnie," which was staged at the English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, and his 2020 album "Spiral," which features collaborations with artists such as singer-songwriter Sam Amidon and percussionist Jason Treuting. He continues to be a leading figure in contemporary classical music, known for his boundary-pushing works and collaborations across genres and mediums.

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Miller Theatre To Presents 3-Part Bach Concert Series Curated By Simone Dinnerstein

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts will present a series of three BACH concerts with pianist/curator Simone Dinnerstein. Concerts will take place at Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets starting at $30.

Amanda Gorman & Jan Vogler To Be Featured In An Evening Of Poetry And Bach At Carnegie Hall

Amanda Gorman & Jan Vogler at Carnegie Hall - An Evening of Poetry and Bach. Experience a captivating performance that combines the power of poetry with the beauty of classical music.

Robert Spano To Become Music Director Of Washington National Opera

Robert Spano will become Music Director of Washington National Opera. Learn more about Robert Spano and the Washington National Opera.

CAP UCLA Announces Three Diverse Musical Performances Coming To The Nimoy In February And March

Check out the exciting lineup of musical performances at The Nimoy Theater presented by CAP UCLA in February and March.

Amanda Gorman & Jan Vogler to Present AN EVENING OF POETRY AND BACH At Carnegie Hall

Amanda Gorman & Jan Vogler will be performing at Carnegie Hall in an Evening of Poetry and Bach. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Martha Graham Dance Company To Present Spring 2024 New York Season At City Center, April 17-20

The Martha Graham Dance Company presents their Spring 2024 New York Season, featuring Graham masterworks, a new 'Rodeo,' and a New York premiere by Jamar Roberts. Don't miss this celebration of American legacies at New York City Center from April 17-20, 2024.

Opera Saratoga Announces Additional Casting And Concert Series For 62nd Annual Summer Festival

Opera Saratoga announces additional casting and concert series for the company's 62nd annual Summer Festival.

Rhode Island Philharmonic Names Robert Spano As Principal Conductor

The Rhode Island Philharmonic has named Robert Spano as its new Principal Conductor.

The 92nd Street Y to Present Sandbox Percussion With Conor Hanick

92NY presents Sandbox Percussion with Conor Hanick, a concert featuring contemporary percussion chamber music. The program includes the New York premieres of Christopher Cerrone's 'Don't Look Down' and Tyshawn Sorey's 'For Arthur Jafa.' Tickets start at $40.

Molissa Fenley And Company To Present A Collection Of New And Recent Dances At Roulette

Molissa Fenley and Company presents 'From the Light, Between the Lamps,' a collection of new and recent dances at Roulette from January 31 to February 3, 2024. Featuring world premieres and live performances by Philip Glass and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Robbie Fairchild, Ricky Ubeda & More to Star in Justin Peck & Jackie Sibblies Drury's ILLINOISE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Chicago Shakespeare Theater has revealed the cast of the highly anticipated Illinoise, a new kind of musical based on Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed concept album.

New York City Ballet Makes Sadler's Wells Debut in March 2024

The celebrated New York City Ballet (NYCB) makes its Sadler’s Wells debut in March 2024, bringing UK premieres of works by Kyle Abraham, Justin Peck, and Pam Tanowitz, and a classic work by George Balanchine.

Chamber Music Northwest Presents Return of Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet

Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet returns with Latin-inspired program ¡Viva la Música! for final Artists-in-Residence concert at The Old Church on November 30.

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music And SF Symphony's Emerging Black Composers Project To Partner With Gautier Capuçon For New Commission

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), in partnership with the San Francisco Symphony and cellist Gautier Capuçon, announced today that Quenton Xavier Blache, 22, will receive a commissioning prize under the umbrella of the Emerging Black Composers Project (EBCP). 

Bruce Hornsby & YMusic Announce 'BrhyM': A Collaborative Concert Experience

The tour will kick-off in Urbana, IL at Foellinger Auditorium and will make stops across performing arts complexes in Kansas City, MO on March 14, San Francisco, CA on April 5, Thousand Oaks, CA on April 10 and wrap in Denver on April 23. See the full run, including these newly-announced dates and previously confirmed solo concerts below.

California Festival: A Celebration Of New Music Launches November 3, 2023

California Festival: A Celebration of New Music launches November 3, 2023. The Festival was conceived by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare, and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Kauffman Center Presents Announces Bruce Hornsby And YMusic BRHYM, March 14

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has announced the latest addition to the 2023-2024 season, Bruce Hornsby and YMusic, “BrhyM” Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 7 p.m. in Helzberg Hall. 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Announces Tickets On Sale Now For ILLINOISE

Tickets for ILLINOISE are now on sale. Don't miss this genre-bursting theatrical event from January 28 to February 18.

Pianist Ursula Oppens Joins All-Star Lineup for Philip Glass's The Complete Etudes at Lincoln Center

Join pianist Ursula Oppens and a stellar lineup of acclaimed pianists for a marathon concert of Philip Glass's Complete Etudes at Lincoln Center. Celebrate the release of a new special edition boxed set and experience the unforgettable music of Glass on November 19, 2023.

Works & Process at The Guggenheim Hosts THIRD BIRD in December

Works & Process at the Guggenheim has announced the return of Third Bird by Isaac Mizrahi and Nico Muhly, Dance Heginbotham and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect conducted by Michael P. Atkinson.


Nico Muhly has written 1 shows including Prayer for My Enemy (Music).

Nico Muhly has been nominated for the Outstanding Music in a Play award at the Drama Desk Awards for the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie.

Nico Muhly has won the Outstanding Music in a Play award at the Drama Desk Awards for his work on The Glass Menagerie.

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