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Nico Muhly


Nico Muhly (b. 1981, Vermont) is an American composer.

Muhly was raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and sang in the choir at Grace Episcopal Church in Providence. He began studying piano at age 10. Muhly went on to study at the Wheeler School in Providence. He attended Columbia University, where he received a degree in English, and the Juilliard School, where he completed a master's degree in music. He also studied composition with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse. As a first-year master's student at Juilliard at age 22, he began working for Philip Glass as an editor, conductor, and keyboardist, and continued for 8 years.

In 2006, he released his first album of works, titled Speaks Volumes, and in 2008, his second album, titled Mothertongue. In 2009, Muhly did choral and string quartet arrangements for four of the songs on Brooklyn-based indie rock band Grizzly Bear's third album, Veckatimest, and he worked with Antony and the Johnsons on the albums The Crying Light and Swanlights.

The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tallis Scholars and St. John’s College, Cambridge and others, Muhly has written more than 100 works for the concert stage, including the opera Marnie (2017), which premiered at the English National Opera and was staged by the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2018.

Muhly is a frequent collaborator with choreographer Benjamin Millepied and, as an arranger, has paired with Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons and others. His work for stage and screen includes music for the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for films including the Academy Award-winning The Reader.

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