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.


Nadia Sirota appears in the following:

Coventry Carol

Monday, December 15, 2014

For the 15th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download an electro-acoustic arrangement of Coventry Carol, by Nadia Sirota and Alexander Overington.

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I'll Be Bach For Christmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

For the 14th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download I'll Be Bach For Christmas, an all-viola arrangement of Bach by Nadia Sirota.


'Knee Xmas'

Friday, December 12, 2014

For the 12th day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Phillip Glass-inspired "Knee Xmas," from Meet the Composer producers Nadia Sirota and Alexander Overington.


'Medieval Times'

Thursday, December 11, 2014

For the eleventh day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download Medieval Times, a Christmas chant arrangement for strings by radio host and violist, Nadia Sirota.


'Ghostbusters Carol of the Bells'

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

For the ninth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Ghostbusters-themed Carol of the Bells by violist and Meet the Composer host, Nadia Sirota.


'Christmas Phase'

Friday, December 05, 2014

For the fifth day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat called Christmas Phase, inspired by one of the grandfathers of minimalism, Steve Reich.

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'Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming'

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

For the third day of Q2 Music's inaugural Advent Calendar, download a Christmas treat by MTC host Nadia Sirota, "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming."

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'In Christmas'

Monday, December 01, 2014

Download In Christmas, based off Terry Riley's In C, as part of Q2 Music's 2014 Advent Calendar.

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Onwards and Upwards: Two Brand-New Shows

Monday, August 20, 2012

So! The good news is that I'll be hosting two brand-new shows that will debut later this fall. The bad news is this is my last week of regular hosting hours. I'm gonna miss our regula...

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The Pleasure (Notes From the Road)

Monday, August 13, 2012

When faced with a particularly lovely set of circumstances, say an amazing meal in an amazing place, a close friend of mine is wont to exclaim, "I have The Pleasure. " This is a pleas...


A Few Irrelevant Questions

Monday, August 06, 2012

Last week we talked a little about jockishness in music, while sort of casually mentioning beauty. Maybe this topic is too nuts/obvious/irksome, but what are the categorical elements ...


Amazing Physical and Mental Feats

Monday, July 30, 2012

Over the past few days, my obsessive Olympics-watching has been mostly gymnastics-focused. Watching these young human people execute the virtually impossible in an extremely high-pres...


Greetings from Camp

Monday, July 23, 2012

I was so excited when Alarm Will Sound asked me to sub with them in Missouri for two weeks for their annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. In grand summer camp tradition, we have t...


Clapping Music

Monday, July 16, 2012

For me, a serial weeper from a long line of weepers, curtain calls are perhaps the most consistently moving element of performances. Works of art that address the behavior of a crowd ...


Using the Room: Music and Spacialization

Monday, July 09, 2012

Inspired by The New York Philharmonic's groundbreaking "Philharmonic 360" show, Nadia Sirota presents week of music in which a sense of space, or "spacialization," is as crucial to the performance as the music itself.


Video Made The Radio Star

Monday, July 02, 2012

Probably as a result of sitting on the couch at age twelve or so for HOURS soaking in music videos from MTV and VH1, music and video will forever be tied together for me. From a quick glance across the landscape of new music promotional materials, I know that I am not alone in this connection. Classicalmusicvideos (I’m inventing a German word for them) are more and more common, and they’re getting really, really good!


On Language

Monday, June 25, 2012

One of the more provocative concepts introduced to me by a music teacher in my youth had to do with the Hungarian language and accent patterns in the music of Bartok. This week we con...


Controversies and a Conversation

Monday, June 18, 2012

Living legend Elliott Carter discusses his musical legacy, including his recently premiered commission at the Met Museum with Nadia Sirota, who also offers recordings of past CONTACT! performances.


Traveling Music, A Man Out Of Time

Monday, June 11, 2012

This has been one of the raddest years for me in terms of travel, as well as one of the weirdest years yet in terms of time travel. I've spent more days on planes this I ever have bef...

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The Modern Multitasking Artist

Monday, June 04, 2012

The path from student to "professional musician" is notoriously poorly-paved. Composers, vocalists, instrumentalists and songwriters have supplemented the early stages of their career...

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