Nico Muhly


Composing Myself: Nico Mulhy


Nico Muhly, born in 1981, is an American composer who writes orchestral music, works for the stage, chamber music and sacred music. He’s received commissions from The Metropolitan Opera: Two Boys, (2011) and Marnie (2018); Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Tallis Scholars, King’s College and St John’s College, Cambridge, Wigmore Hall, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. He is an avid collaborator, and has worked with choreographers Benjamin Millepied at the Paris Opéra Ballet, Bobbi Jene Smith at the Juilliard School, Justin Peck and Kyle Abraham at New York City Ballet; artists Sufjan Stevens, The National, Teitur, Anohni, James Blake and Paul Simon; and has written film scores for The Reader (2008) and Kill Your Darlings (2013), and the BBC adaptation of Howards End (2017). 

Among his concerti are works for violin, (Shrink, for Pekka Kuusisto), organ (Register, for James McVinnie), viola (Nadia Sirota) He collaborates with the same artists as a composer and performer of chamber music. He has written vocal works for Iestyn Davies, Renée Fleming, and Nicholas Phan, has collaborated with artists Maira Kalman and Oliver Beer, and has created site-specific pieces for the National Gallery, London, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and written articles for the Guardian, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes (2006) and Mothertongue (2008). 



  • The Labèques perform Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner concertos

    The Labèques perform Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner concertos

    11th April 2024

    Prokofiev’s gritty and lush Romeo and Juliet pairs with two inventive double piano concertos with the Labèque sisters at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • Planetarium - out now!

    Planetarium - out now!

    9th Juni 2017

    GERMAN: Eine neue Supergroup, bestehend aus unseren Komponisten Bryce Dessner und Nico Muhly sowie den Kollegen Sufjan Stevens und James McAlister, hat heute ihr erstes Album veröffentlicht. Das Projekt entwickelte sich nach einem...

  • Nico Muhly creates bespoke score for Nike mini-Series  'Margot vs Lily'

    Nico Muhly creates bespoke score for Nike mini-Series 'Margot vs Lily'

    4th Februar 2016

    Nico Muhly (The Reader, Kill Your Darlings, Me Earl & The Dying Girl) has created a bespoke score for the Nike mini-series Margot Vs Lily, an original Better For It Nike Production, directed by Tricia Brock (Orange Is The New Black, Mozart...