Nico Muhly


Born in 1981, Nico Muhly is a composer living and working in New York City. He blogs at

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Nico Muhly's 'Mathematical, Organic And Achingly Beautiful' Philip Glass

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The young composer recalls his teenage discovery of Music In 12 Parts — listening on a Discman while walking in New York — and how it later energized his own compositions.


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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Listen: Star-Studded Opening of Williamsburg's National Sawdust

Thursday, October 01, 2015

On Oct. 1, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of the much-anticipated opening of National Sawdust - a new concert space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Listen now on demand.

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'Jesus Christ the Apple Tree'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For the final day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a delicious bell-filled rendition of "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" from composer Nico Muhly.


Benjamin Britten's 24-Hour Centennial Celebration

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Friday, Nov. 22, Q2 Music presents Great Britten – a 24-hour marathon celebrating the centennial of British composer Benjamin Britten, hosted by Nico Muhly and including a star-stu...

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Nico Muhly's Internet Opera: Two Boys

Friday, November 08, 2013

The 32-year-old composer Nico Muhly is a Juilliard-trained wunderkind who worked for Philip Glass for nearly a decade. He’s got a solid portfolio full of unpredictable work — his long...

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Nico Muhly and Paul Appleby on Two Boys at the Met

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The opera tells the story of a 16-year-old boy who nearly killed a younger boy — egged on, the attacker claimed, by mysterious people he encountered in an Internet chat room.

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Nico Muhly's 'Two Boys' Is Both Modern And Operatic

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nico Muhly's latest project, the opera Two Boys, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera this week. He speaks with Soundcheck host John Schaefer about the work.


Nico Muhly's 'Two Boys'; 'Write Of Passage' Graffiti Exhibit; The Districts Live

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In this episode: Composer Nico Muhly discusses his hotly-anticipated opera Two Boys, which just debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center this week.

Then, curator Sacha Jenkins and graffiti artist David "Chino" Villorente talk about a new exhibit at the Red Bull Studios in New York called Write Of Passage, which examines the impact of graffiti art on global culture. 

And the young rock band The Districts perform live in the Soundcheck studio.


Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly

Monday, February 27, 2012

Composer, pianist and erstwhile boy soprano Nico Muhly has been a part of Q2's musical family since the beginning. Today at 12 pm, we revisit the composer's four-part survey of his fi...


Get In CONTACT! with Nico Muhly

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Composer Nico Muhly hosts a witch's brew of selections from the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! New Music series, featuring seven world premieres commissioned by the orchestra.

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Extreme Simplicity and Extreme Complexity

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today, Benjamin Britten and other 20th Century luminaries. Is there anything better than his Te Deum in C? If you can make it through "...whom that hast redeemed with thy precious blood" without losing your mind, you are more dignified than I.

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Howells and Stanford

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I live for cheesy mid-century choral music. Today: Herbert Howells and Charles Villiers Stanford.


Purcell, Blow and Contemporaries

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today, Henry Purcell and John Blow! Purcell is, I think, the last composer who was allowed to write such unstructured music; his long verse anthems and Te Deum are abstract, meandering and episodic pieces where each little bit of text is its own little étude. I think all of my problems as a composer — and all my delights — can be traced back to these capricious, difficult and charming pieces.


Tudor and Jacobian Music

Monday, September 13, 2010

Choral music is my first love. Even though my voice broke in 1994, I still return to the emotional landscapes of Byrd, Tallis, Gibbons, Howells and Britten as a sort of home base for all of the music I write. In this four-part series on Q2, we explore a few centuries of (mainly) English choral music, ignoring, as the genre itself suggests, the better part of the 18th and 19th centuries. This is by no means comprehensive, but is, rather, my own strange itinerary through the pieces I adore.

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Eight Days of Steve: Nico Muhly

Friday, December 11, 2009

Writing about Steve Reich’s music feels like writing about a family member or a childhood friend: There are too many stories and too many strange intimacies to really create a coherent narrative. I first discovered Reich as a teenager; I’m pretty sure Music for 18 Musicians was the first album I bought, and then I got deep into it very quickly.

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Nico Muhly's Keep in Touch

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nico Muhly's piece Keep in Touch is performed with the composer on piano and Overnight Music host Nadia Sirota on the viola. The composer describes the work as "a lament, a sort of ch...

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