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News - Premiere of Nico Muhly's Viola Concerto

Matthew Murphy
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
On February 6, 2015, Nadia Sirota and Orquesta Nacionales de España performed the world premiere of Nico Muhly's new Viola Concerto at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. This much anticipated work was commissioned by an international consortium of orchestras and organisations made up of Orquesta Nacionales de España, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Festival of Saint Denis and National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, and will receive more performances over the coming years. 

Muhly and Sirota, long-time friends and collaborators, planned the project together since they were at the Julliard School of Music together back in 2004. They spent 10 years working together and building a unique composer-performer relationship and so this work provides something new and original.

On February 5 Muhly's Slow, a new commission from the viol consort Fretwork, received its premiere at Kings Place in London as part of the Minimalism Unwrapped series which is running throughout 2015.  The new piece will also be performed at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival later this year. Fretwork and Muhly previously worked together on a hugely successful Orlando Gibbons project in 2012.

Later this year, Sentences, another major new work by Muhly, based on the scientist Alan Turing will be premiered at the Barbican by Iestyn Davies and Britten Sinfonia, both of whom are long term collaborators with Muhly.

Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota discuss the new Viola Concerto

Nico Muhly discusses Minimalism and the new Fretwork commisson




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