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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    So Many Things / Anne Sofie von Otter, Brooklyn Rider
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5436 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Adams,  Bjork,  Kate Bush,  Elvis Costello  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brooklyn Rider
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    Filament / Eighth Blackbird [Vinyl]
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: LP 157 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly,  Philip Glass,  Son Lux,  Bryce Dessner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eighth Blackbird
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    Glass: In the Summer House & Mad Rush - Muhly: 4 Studies & Honest Music
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907599 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Angela Chun,  Jennifer Chun,  Nico Muhly
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    Dawn to Dust / Fischer, Utah Symphony
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 719 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Augusta Read Thomas,  Nico Muhly,  Andrew Norman
    Performer:  Colin Currie
    Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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    Holiday Harmonies - Songs of Christmas / Essential Voices USA
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 70003 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Adolphe Adam,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Jennifer Higdon  ... 
    Performer:  Tedd Firth,  Stacey Shames,  Maureen McKay,  Jamie Barton
    Conductor:  Judith Clurman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Essential Voices USA
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    Nowell Sing Wee
    Label: Resonus Classics   Catalog: 10138 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Jackson,  Edmund Rubbra,  Lennox Berkeley,  Nico Muhly  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Farr
    Conductor:  Stephen Farr
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    Filament /   Eighth Blackbird
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 157 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bryce Dessner,  Nico Muhly,  Philip Glass,  Son Lux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eighth Blackbird
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    Flow My Tears - Songs for Lute, Viol & Voice / Iestyn Davies
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 74 Release Date: 03/17/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Johnson,  John Dowland,  John Danyel,  Thomas Campion  ... 
    Performer:  Iestyn Davies,  Thomas Dunford,  Jonathan Manson
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    A Knight's Progress / Roger Sayer, Temple Church Choir
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 410 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry,  Sir William Walton,  Nico Muhly,  John Tavener  ... 
    Performer:  Greg Morris
    Conductor:  Roger Sayer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Choir
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    Ascendit Deus - Music for Ascensiontide & Pentecost / Clare College Choir
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907623 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Philips,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Patrick Gowers,  Brett Dean  ... 
    Conductor:  Graham Ross
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir,  Dmitri Ensemble
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    Muhly: Cello Concerto; Bloch: Schelomo; Three Jewish Poems / Bailey
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30049 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Bloch,  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  Zuill Bailey
    Conductor:  Jun Märkl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
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    Cherished Moments - Songs of the Jewish Spirit / Clurman, Essential Voices USA
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92182 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Debbie Friedman,  Nico Muhly,  Solomon Braslavsky,  Judith Clurman  ... 
    Performer:  Katrine Andersen,  William Lang,  Colin Fowler,  Andrew Kozar  ... 
    Conductor:  Judith Clurman
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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,  Cameron Beauchamp  ... 
    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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    Label: Bedroom Community   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 08/20/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nico Muhly
    Performer:  James McVinnie,  Sirota,  Simon Wall,  Chris Thompson
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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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