Nadia Sirota

Nadia Sirota hosts regularly for Q2 Music. Before Q2 Music, she hosted Overnight Music on WNYC and WQXR. Her program was awarded an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Radio and Internet Broadcast in 2010, and has been described by Alex Ross of the New Yorker as “radio we can believe in.” Nadia is also a highly sought-after violist known for her compelling energy and unique ability to interpret new scores.

She has premiered and commissioned works by some of the most prominent composers today, and her 2009 debut solo record, “Beautiful Mechanical” was a New York Times album of the year. Sirota is a founding member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, yMusic and the Wordless Music Orchestra. She teaches in the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.

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Nadia Sirota appears in the following:

Listen: Premiere of David Lang's 'Broken,' Music for Viola and Viols

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The first program in Nadia's week-long residency at Symphony Space featured music by David Lang, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Nico Muhly.

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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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Download: 'Viola Concerto: Part II' by Nico Muhly

Monday, December 28, 2015

I'm so excited to share today's Meet the Composer bonus track with you. It's Part II of Nico Muhly's viola concerto, that I traveled to Detroit this past October to premiere. 

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Nico Muhly: Community Theater

Friday, December 11, 2015

Composer Nico Muhly is a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant.

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Nico Muhly: I. Trial By Fire

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico grew up in Providence, but spent odd corridors of his youth abroad, acquiring languages quickly and setting the tone for his current, punishing travel schedule.

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Nico Muhly: II. Working Together

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters.

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Nico Muhly: III. "u"

Friday, December 11, 2015

Nico's community is a massive factor in his life. He is very much "in touch," sending emails from the profane to the profound to literally hundreds of people a day. 

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Download: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's 'Scape' Performed by Pianist Cory Smythe

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

This week’s Meet the Composer Bonus Track is a world premiere recording of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s "Scape," performed by pianist Cory Smythe of the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: I. Small Town Living

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna grew up in a tiny town surrounded by incredible beauty — mountains, ocean — studying music under the guidance of her music-teacher mother and aunt. 

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Meet The Composer: Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Landscapes

Monday, November 09, 2015

Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding landscape. Listen to the complete show.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: III. Heima er Best (Home Sweet Home)

Monday, November 09, 2015

For all that Icelanders yearn to see the world, there is some deep tug that brings them home, time after time. No matter where Anna is on the planet, she feels tied to Iceland.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir: II. Composing a Space

Monday, November 09, 2015

Icelandic is a language of whispers and sub-audible subtlety. It is a sort of an ancient thing, it feels like it wasn’t workshopped as extensively as other European languages.

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Download: The Lost Movement of Ingram Marshall's String Quartet

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Today's MTC bonus track is a world premiere! Or, apropos of its October release, we might call it a movement brought back from the dead, thanks to the fantastic Parker Quartet.

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Ingram Marshall: I. Sine Waves and Tape Loops

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ingram Marshall found composition late, only beginning to write in grad school, and almost immediately found electronic music. Listen to the first act of our Ingram Marshall episode.

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Ingram Marshall: II. Gamelan, Sacred Harp and Other Lovely Things

Monday, October 05, 2015

After grad school and a few years of nomadic existence, Ingram found a new tribe in the students of the newly-formed California Institute of the Arts. Listen to our second act.

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Ingram Marshall: III. Finding a Path, Finding Morels

Monday, October 05, 2015

Nowadays, Ingram is a teacher, among other things, and is the type of pedagogue that inspires almost spiritual reverence from his students. Listen to the final act.

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Ingram Marshall: A Connecticut Hippie In California

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ingram Marshall is often called a California Minimalist, a title which, while not exactly accurate, allies him with a loose cadre of artists writing ambient, visceral scores.

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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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Download: LPR Live Preview and 'Memory Pieces' by David Lang

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I’m thrilled this week to give you a sneak peek of a new podcast called LPR Live coming out this Fall. It’s hosted by friend and colleague Conor Hanick and you should check it out!

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Download: Kaija Saariaho's 'Light and Matter' from the Library of Congress

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Kaija Saariaho composed her piano trio "Light and Matter" in 2014. Enjoy this performance featuring violinist Jennifer Koh as recorded live at the Library of Congress this past May.

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