Nico Muhly


Nico Muhly (1981) is an American componer. Born in Vermont and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Muhly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. In 2004, he received a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. From his sophomore year of college, he worked for Philip Glass as a MIDI programmer and editor for six years. Nico Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organisations including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic and the soprano Jessica Rivera. Muhly has also lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to Antony and the Johnsons, Doveman, Grizzly Bear and Usher. He has written film music for Joshua (2007), Margaret (2009) and The Reader (2008). In 2012, Muhly’s first full-scale opera, Two Boys —with a libretto by Craig Lucas and direction by Bartlett Sher— premiered in London, followed later that year by a chamber opera, which premiered in New York. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at the CD imprint Bedroom Community, which was inaugurated in 2007 with the release of Muhly’s first album, Speaks Volumes. Nico Muhly has released many albums, including recordings of his complete choral works, his CD Seeing is believing and the evening-length I drink the air before me. Muhly's film music has been published as well.