After starting to learn piano at eight, Nico Muhly joined a school choir and his passion for music was cemented. While studying English (BA) and music composition (MA) at Columbia University, Muhly began working for Philip Glass as editor, keyboardist, and conductor, assisting him on both his concert and film works. Muhly’s orchestral compositions are performed globally and he works with artists including Antony Hegarty (of Antony & the Johnsons), Björk, Will Oldham, and Sigur Ros. The Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera have co-commissioned him to write an opera: the subject will be a gruesome true-life tale of unrequited love and vengeful death – typical of this young talent who finds his inspiration in the most disparate places and who inspires his audience far beyond their spheres.
‘Impish Über-talent Nico Muhly, known to some as Philip Glass’s protégée, to others as the guy who helps make Björk, Rufus Wainwright, and Antony sound better, and to most as the one of the next great hopes for the future of classical music.’ New York Magazine
‘Dealing with classical musicians, I take it as far as I can, and then I bring Nico to the rescue. He’s a young composer, very clever and snappy. The first time we worked together I’d done a version of Oceania, the song for the Olympics, and it was almost slapstick, like two grand pianos having a fight. I had a fantasy of Richard Clayderman and Liberace on stage, playing like Tom and Jerry. I wrote this impossible-to-play thing and Nico had the ability to play it.’ Björk
The East (2012), The Half-Light (2011), Skip Town (2010), Fast Boy (2010), Felicitas (2009), The Reader (2008), Joshua (2007), Choking Man (2006), Cricket Head (2006), Wonder Showzen (2006), Lutkoski Fishsticks (2005)