Nadia Sirota

Nadia Sirota hosts regularly for Q2 Music. Before Q2 Music, she hosted Overnight Music on WNYC and WQXR. Her program was awarded an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Radio and Internet Broadcast in 2010, and has been described by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as “radio we can believe in.” Nadia is also a highly sought-after violist known for her compelling energy and unique ability to interpret new scores.

She has premiered and commissioned works by some of the most prominent composers today, and her 2009 debut solo record, “Beautiful Mechanical” was a New York Times album of the year. Sirota is a founding member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, yMusic and the Wordless Music Orchestra. She teaches in the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.


Nadia Sirota appears in the following:

Mining the Curious Mind of Paul Simon

Monday, July 10, 2017

Paul Simon has always been attracted to new kinds of sounds. His most recent work has brought him into the world of contemporary classical music.

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Listen: Meet the Electronic Composers Who Sculpt Directly With Sound

Monday, June 05, 2017

Meet the Composer producer Alex Overington — usually behind the studio glass — takes us on a road trip to unravel the creative process of those composers who write without pen and paper.

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Listen: 'Wires' by The National's Bryce Dessner

Monday, May 22, 2017

Listen to the world-premiere recording of "Wires" by composer and guitartist for The National Bryce Dessner, performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain under Matthias Pintscher.


Listen: Meet the Composer Unravels Classical Music's Most Heated Brawl

Monday, May 15, 2017

It was composer pitted against composer: MTC unravels one of the most brutal fights in classical music's history.

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Henry Threadgill’s Journey From Vietnam to the Pulitzer

Monday, May 01, 2017

The music of Pulitzer Prize-gilded composer Henry Threadgill is the product of the loyal community he builds around him. This is his story, told by the people whose lives he has touched.

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Listen: John Adams' Electronic 'Coast' Arranged for Alarm Will Sound

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Listen to an exclusive arrangement of a nutso, sci-fi-y electronic piece John Adams wrote in 1993, arranged by Caleb Burhans for Alarm Will Sound.

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Listen: Inside the Chamber Symphonies of John Adams With Alarm Will Sound

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet the Composer and Alarm Will Sound unravel John Adams' two insanely difficult chamber symphonies.

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Listen in 3D Sound: Pauline Oliveros' 'Tuning Meditation' From Met Cloisters

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today's Meet the Composer Bonus Track is an extended cut of Pauline Oliveros' "Tuning Meditation," recorded live at the Met Cloisters' Fuentidueña Chapel in 3D-sounding binaural audio. 


Listen: American Composer Pauline Oliveros and 'Deep Listening'

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Meet the Composer continues its investigation of the odd, wrong-side-of-the-tv-set role of The Performer with a deep dive into the "Sonic Meditations" of composer Pauline Oliveros.

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Listen: World Premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No. 9

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Meet the Composer is thrilled to bring you a world premiere recording as our first bonus track of Season Three! The JACK Quartet performs Georg Friedrich Haas' String Quartet No.9.


Listen: Meet the Composer Returns With a New Season of Episodes

Monday, March 06, 2017

We're kicking off Season Three of Meet the Composer with a look beyond the composer to the performer, that unusual intermediary between the artist and the audience.   

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From the Vaults, Part Five: Meet the Composer With Leonard Bernstein

Friday, March 03, 2017

The ramp-up to the next season of Meet the Composer concludes with another archival mini-episode featuring a conversation between host Tim Page and the legendary Leonard Bernstein.


From the Vaults, Part Four: Meet the Composer With Libby Larsen

Thursday, March 02, 2017

A blast from the past, courtesy of the WNYC Archives: We revisit the original Meet the Composer. Today, a conversation between host Tim Page and composer Libby Larsen.


From the Vaults, Part Three: Meet the Composer With Otto Luening

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Today we revisit a conversation between host Tim Page and composer Otto Luening, from the original Meet the Composer of the mid-'80s, as we gear up for next week's new season.

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From the Vaults, Part Two: Meet the Composer With John Cage

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We continue the week-long ramp-up to our next and third season of Meet the Composer with an interview with the widely influential patriarch of 20th-century experimental music John Cage. 


Prepare for the Next Season of Meet the Composer With a Look Back

Monday, February 27, 2017

Q2 Music's podcast Meet the Composer launches its third season next week. Prepare by enjoying clips from the original WNYC radio program of the same name, hosted by the critic Tim Page.

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Watch 360-Degree Video: Make Radio with Meet the Composer at the Met Cloisters

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On Jan. 20, Meet the Composer and host Nadia Sirota welcomed audiences to the Met Cloisters for an afternoon of radio- and music-making. Watch 360-degree video of the performance.


Kickstart Season Three of Meet the Composer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Help us make a third season of the Peabody Award-winning podcast about the creative musical process, with host Nadia Sirota. Learn more about our ambitions and Kickstarter rewards.


Listen: Premiere of David Lang's 'Broken,' Music for Viola and Viols

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The first program in Nadia's week-long residency at Symphony Space featured music by David Lang, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Nico Muhly.


Listen Live: Nadia Sirota Premieres Dennehy’s ‘Tessellatum’

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Hear violist Nadia Sirota give the premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's "Tessellatum" - a 40-minute work with solo viola and viol consort.

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