By Nico Muhly (United States), with Lim Yan (Singapore), Lisa Liu (USA), Matt Albert (USA), Paul Wiancko (USA) and Ramu Thiruyanam (Singapore) Event has ended
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12 May, Sat, 8pm

SOTA Drama Theatre

(1h 30m, with a 20min intermission) 


*Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
Limited student tickets at $10

Tote Board Arts Grant
All Primary Schools (Upper Pri), Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. Special Education Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the programme cost. 




Composer Nico Muhly debuts in Singapore with an evening of exceptional music.

New York City-based classical music composer Nico Muhly makes his concert debut in Singapore with a well-rounded repertoire named after his first solo album. In this 90-min show, Muhly comes together with his closest American collaborators and Singapore-based musicians pianist Lim Yan and young percussionist Ramu Thiruyanam to perform a comprehensive selection of his compositions for solos, duos and small ensembles.

A much sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition, the Juilliard-educated 37-year-old has achieved a level of success many composers can only dream of. He also boasts of a versatility that has seen him collaborate with diverse musicians like Bjork, Hilary Hahn, Emanuel Ax and the Paris Opéra Ballet.

Muhly has written more than 80 works including notable ones for stage and cinema, such as the 2013 Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for the films Kill Your DarlingsMe, Earl And The Dying Girl; and the Academy Award-winning The Reader. Most recently he produced Looking Up (2017), a work for choir and orchestra for the Cathedral Choral Society.

For the show at SOTA Drama Theatre, the ensemble will perform Nico’s works including A Hudson Cycle, Honest Music, and Skip Town. He will also perform some of his commissioned pieces, including No Uncertain Terms, a 2017 piece commissioned by Carnegie Hall, in celebration of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday, and Drones & Viola, commissioned by the Muziekgebouw.

Classical music fans can expect nothing less than a virtuosic evening of exceptional music. 

Nico Muhly          A Hudson Cycle                          
Nico Muhly          Étude 3 for Viola                         
Nico Muhly          Skip Town                                
Nico Muhly          Drones & Violin                           
Nico Muhly          Keep in Touch                                  
Philip Glass          Étude No. 12
Nico Muhly          Honest Music                            
Nico Muhly          Quiet Music                              
Nico Muhly          No Uncertain Terms     

(Photo by Ana Cuba)


“Muhly has more worlds of music at his feet than any other composer today.”
- Guardian 

“Nico Muhly has a voice, a Muhly sound”
- New York Times


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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).

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Lim Yan (SG)

2006 Young Artist Award recipient Lim Yan was a student of David Hartigan at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK, and subsequently graduated from the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Ronan O’Hora. After placing first in the Piano Open category in the 1997 National Piano and Violin Competition, Yan’s competition results in Europe led to concert engagements around the world. Nearer home, Yan has appeared with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra several times in concerto performances, and has collaborated with the Orchestra of the Music Makers as well as re:Sound.
Yan is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician, having worked successfully with many leading musicians. His current chamber groups include a piano trio as well as the established piano quintet series Take 5.

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Lisa Liu (USA)

Lisa began her musical studies on the piano with her mother, a professional opera singer, at the age of 4. She fell in love with the violin at the age of 8 and continued her studies on both instruments until college. Lisa studied at The Juilliard School, where she received a Pre-College Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in violin performance. Her musical interests have led her to perform with Gorillaz and Duran Duran at Coachella; to play the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Southwest Symphony; and to collaborate with groundbreaking
artist Our Lady J. She has served as concertmaster for shows The Voice, X-Factor and American Idol. Lisa's good fortune as a Hollywood studio violinist has allowed her to play on numerous TV shows and films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Deadpool, Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead
Men Tell No Tales and Jumanji.

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Matt Albert (USA)

Violinist and violist Matt Albert is the Chair of Chamber Music at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan. He previously served as the Director of Chamber Music and SYZYGY at the Meadows School of the Arts in Southern Methodist University. He was a founding member of Eighth Blackbird, with whom he received numerous awards, including first prizes at the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman, and Fischoff Competitions, and three Grammy awards for their recordings on Cedille Records. He has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, Seraphic Fire, ICE, the Shreveport Symphony (as concertmaster), the Baltimore Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. His summer festival experiences.

include performances with the Eastern Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Ojai Music Festival, and three years as the Artistic Director of the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, Colorado.

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Paul Wiancko (USA)

Paul Wiancko is a composer, cellist and chamber musician. As a student of Ronald Leonard, he won top prizes at several international cello competitions, which led him to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra and to Brazil where he performed Shostakovich with the Bahia Symphony. Leading a double life, Paul converted his dorm room into a production studio and began arranging and recording strings for underground punk artists, eventually leading to collaborations with bands like Pennywise, Veruca Salt, and Yellowcard. After his first summer at the Marlboro Music Festival, Paul moved to New York City and has since worked with a diverse array of artists, ranging from Chick Corea and Jóhann Jóhannsson to Yo-Yo Ma and the Guarneri Quartet. Paul is the recipient of the S&R Foundation's 2018 Washington Award for composition, and has been composer- in-residence at the Caramoor, Twickenham, and Methow Festivals.


Ramu Thiruyanam (SG)

Ramu Thiruyanam is a widely sought-after performer, clinician and adjudicator. Born and raised in Singapore, he was awarded the National Arts Council Arts Bursary (Overseas). He graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, with a Concentration in Child Psychology. As an instrumentalist, Ramu has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Singapore Lyric Opera and the Boston Civic Orchestra. He has also collaborated with international artists such as Andrea Bocelli, K-Pop group SHINee and Delta Goodrem. He was appointed adjunct faculty member at School of the Arts Singapore in 2012, and became a full time music faculty member in April 2013. He is currently a Vic Firth Education (USA/SG) Product Endorser and coaches percussion ensemble groups at the National University of Singapore.


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12 May, Sat, 8pm

SOTA Drama Theatre

(1h 30m, with a 20min intermission) 


*Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
Limited student tickets at $10

Tote Board Arts Grant
All Primary Schools (Upper Pri), Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. Special Education Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the programme cost.