Nico Muhly (USA)
Nico Muhly is an American composer whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral and others, he has written more than 80 works for the concert stage, including the operas Dark
Sisters (2011), and Marnie (2017); the song cycles Sentences (2015) for countertenor Iestyn Davies; the choral work Recordare, Domine (2013) written for the Tallis Scholars, and most recently Looking Up (2017), a work for choir and orchestra for the Cathedral Choral Society.
Nico is a frequent collaborator with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and, as an arranger, has paired with Joanna Newsom and Antony and the Johnsons. Planetarium, a large work co-written with Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner, was released on 4AD records.
Nico has also composed for the screen, with credits that include scores for the films Kill Your Darlings and the Academy Award-winning The Reader. Born in Vermont, Nico studied composition with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse at The Juilliard School before working as an editor and conductor for Philip Glass. He is part of the record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008).