Nico Muhly Visits ASCAP for New York Youth Symphony Workshop
March 10, 2020
On February 6, innovative ASCAP composer Nico Muhly stopped by the ASCAP NYC office for a guest lecture to the New York Youth Symphony's Composition Program. Muhly spoke with the young composers in the program about the composer-orchestra relationship, and demonstrated some of his work at the piano owned by ASCAP co-founder Victor Herbert.
The NYYS Composition Program offers student composers the opportunity to explore the world of composition and orchestration through seminars, individual tutorials, and workshops, plus reading sessions with professional musicians, and performances. Led by Director Dr. Kyle Blaha, the seminars explore the musical thought of a wide variety of composers, with a focus on instrumentation and orchestration. In addition to Muhly, guest speakers include ASCAP composers Martin Bresnick, Missy Mazzoli and Huang Ruo.
Nico Muhly (b.1981) is an American composer and sought-after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tallis Scholars and St. John’s College, Cambridge and others, he 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 include music for the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and scores for films including the Academy Award-winning The Reader. Born in Vermont, Muhly studied composition at the Juilliard School before working as an editor and conductor for Philip Glass. He is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008). He lives in New York City.