Nico Muhly

Biography

Born: August 26, 1981; Vermont  
While he has achieved considerable success with the choral work Bright Mass with Canons (2005) and film score for The Reader (2008), Nico Muhly has generated greater notoriety for his first opera Two Boys (2011), a composition drawing decidedly mixed reviews but clearly unveiling a major new voice in opera. Remarkably, all these works and many more were written before Muhly was 30. Besides opera, film, and choral music, he has written orchestral Read more scores, various vocal works, and much instrumental fare, including percussion music and solo piano music. Muhly's style is made up of minimalist and romantic elements, and in both his thematic character and choral music he acknowledges the influence of the Anglican choral tradition. Muhly has worked as an arranger for such groups as the multi-genre ensemble Antony and the Johnsons and the rock band Grizzly Bear. He also worked extensively with composer Philip Glass in his New York City Soho studio. Muhly's works are widely available on recordings from such labels as Decca, Innova, Bedroom Community, and others.

Nico Muhly was born in Vermont on August 26, 1981. Raised in Providence, RI, he sang in his church choir as a child and began studying the piano from age ten. He studied English at Columbia University and from his sophomore year (1999) worked with Glass, often editing film scores and stage works. Muhly later earned a master's degree at Juilliard where his composition teachers included John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse.

While Muhly was active from 2002 composing such works as Beaming Music, for percussion and organ, and the choral piece Set Me as a Seal (2003), he drew broad notice for his collaboration with popular singer Björk on her 2004 DVD Oceania.

Soon he was on a meteoric ascent: Muhly's 2006 Wish You Were Here was premiered by the Boston Pops and his 2008 Step Team was given its first performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 Muhly ceased working as an assistant to Glass, a composer and mentor with whom he remained close.

Among the most prestigious of Muhly's premieres were the New York Philharmonic presentation of Detailed Instructions in 2010, and the English National Opera premiere of Two Boys in June 2011. The Metropolitan Opera signed on to give the major U.S. premiere of Two Boys in the 2013-2014 season. Among Muhly's more acclaimed recordings is the 2011 Decca CD of Step Team and other Muhly works and arrangements, led by Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra. Read less
Nico Muhly: Two Boys / David Robertson, Metropolitan Opera
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Nonesuch  
Catalog: 541941   Number of Discs: 1
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    Balance Problems
    Label: New Amsterdam   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly,  Marcos Balter,  Andrew Norman,  Jeremy Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ymusic
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    Nico Muhly: Two Boys / David Robertson, Metropolitan Opera
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 541941 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Alice Coote,  Paul Appleby
    Conductor:  David Robertson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Hallowed Ground / Angelou, Langree, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Fanfare Cincinnati   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  David Lang,  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Maya Angelou,  Nathan Wyatt
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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    Reincarnations: A Century Of American Choral Music
    Label: Seraphic Fire Media   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly,  Shawn Crouch,  Philip R. Dietterich,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Fateeva,  Molly Quinn,  Megan [Soprano Vocal] Chartrand,  Lianne Coble  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Dupré Quigley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seraphic Fire
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    My Beloved's Voice - Sacred Songs Of Love / Williams, Choir Of Jesus College Cambridge
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 370 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Brumel,  Robert Walker,  Patrick Hadley,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
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    In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910302 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franghiz Ali-Zadeh,  Somei Satoh,  Du Yun,  David Lang  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Cory Smythe
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    The Unheard Music - New American Music for Wind Ensemble and Brass
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1442 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lansing McLoskey,  Nico Muhly,  Keith Kusterer,  Justin Barish
    Conductor:  Eric Hewitt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble,  Triton Brass
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    Baroque /  Nadia Sirota
    Label: New Amsterdam   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Judd Greenstein,  Shara Worden,  Nico Muhly,  Paul Corley  ... 
    Performer:  Nadia Sirota,  James McVinnie
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    Nico Muhly: Drones
    Label: Bedroom Community   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 11/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Nadia Sirota,  Bruce Brubaker,  Pekka Kuusisto,  Nico Muhly
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    Celebrating The American Spirit / Clurman, Essential Voices USA
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92162 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Gilberston,  Jake Heggie,  Stephen Paulus,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Ron Raines,  Kelli O’hara
    Conductor:  Judith Clurman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Essential Voices USA
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    Shifting Cells / Griffiths, Ryan, Columbus State University Percussion Ensemble
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1375 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Griffin,  James Michael David,  Nico Muhly,  Brian Cherney  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Griffiths,  Jonathan Ryan
    Conductor:  Matthew Price,  Robert W. Rumbelow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbus State University Percussion Ensemble
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    Journey Into Light - Music For Advent, Christmas, Epiphany & Candlemas / Jesus College Choir
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 269 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elisabeth Poston,  Sir William McKie,  Patrick Hadley,  Judith Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Jesus College Choir
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    Tribute To Jerome Robbins / Paris Opera Ballet
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 70 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nico Muhly
    Conductor:  Koen Kessels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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    Tribute To Jerome Robbins / Paris Opera Ballet [blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 470 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nico Muhly
    Conductor:  Koen Kessels
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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    From Here On Out / Outwater,  Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29992 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Reed Parry,  Nico Muhly,  Jonny Greenwood
    Conductor:  Edwin Outwater
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra
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    Nico Muhly: Seeing Is Believing / Collon, Gould, Aurora Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001560602 Release Date: 06/21/2011  
    Composer:  Nico Muhly,  William Byrd,  Orlando Gibbons
    Performer:  Thomas Gould
    Conductor:  Nicholas Collon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurora Orchestra
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    Nico Muhly: A Good Understanding / Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001474102 Release Date: 09/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Ralph Morrison,  Kazi Pitelka,  John Walz,  Aaron Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Grant Gershon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Los Angeles Children's Chorus
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    Nico Muhly: I Drink The Air Before Me
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001474202 Release Date: 09/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Nadia Sirota,  Nico Muhly,  Baer Baer,  Alexandra Sopp  ... 
    Conductor:  Francisco J. Núñez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young People's Chorus of New York City
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    Flexible Music
    Label: New Focus   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orianna Webb,  Ryan Streber,  Nico Muhly,  John Link  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Flexible Music
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    First Things First / Nadia Sirota
    Label: New Amsterdam   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly,  Marcos Balter,  Judd Greenstein
    Performer:  Nadia Sirota,  Clarice Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chiara String Quartet
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    Riley: In C Remixed / Dangers, Bates, Kotche, Et Al
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 758 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Terry Riley,  Jack Dangers,  Masonic,  Glenn Kotche  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
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    NOW Ensemble
    Label: New Amsterdam   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mark Dancigers,  Nico Muhly,  Patrick Burke,  Judd Greenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NOW Ensemble
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    Beaming Music - Organized Rhythm
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 89 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pierre Cochereau,  Nico Muhly,  William Bolcom  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Clive Driskill-Smith
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  • 24.
    Nico Muhly: Mothertongue
    Label: Brassland Records   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Nico Muhly,  Helgi Hrafn Jónsson,  Abigail Fischer,  Sam Amidon
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    Nico Muhly: Speaks Volumes
    Label: Bedroom Community   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 01/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
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