Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner 2018-19

The New York Philharmonic

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Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, curation, and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Ms. Sirota’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, Daníel Bjarnason, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and David Lang.

Since 2018, Ms. Sirota has been the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped develop and hosts two series: Kravis Nightcap and GRoW @ Annenberg Sound ON, the latter of which she also curates. In addition, she works with the Philharmonic on contemporary-music initiatives across the organization.

This season, she launches Living Music with Nadia Sirota — a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music — with a live concert event at Los Angeles’s Theater at Ace Hotel. She also embarks on a European tour with violinist Pekka Kuusisto and cellist Markus Hohti.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, National Arts Centre, and Spanish National orchestras, and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. She has released four solo albums of commissioned music: first things first (2009), Baroque (2013), Keep In Touch (2016), and Tessellatum (2017). She is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavik’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, and Björk.

Nadia Sirota is a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, whose virtuosic execution and unique configuration have attracted high profile collaborators including Paul Simon, Ben Folds, and Anohni, and have inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by prominent composers including Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her podcast Meet the Composer, which deftly profiled some of the most interesting musical thinkers living today. Ms. Sirota also received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, for her work in radio, and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She sits on the board of directors of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for ensemble music professionals. Ms. Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

Upcoming 2018-2019 Performances

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January, 2019 Sunday

<em>Sound ON:</em> Threads

3:00 PM Concert

Sound ON: Threads

Program To Include
Chen Yi At the Kansas City Chinese New Year Concert
Georg Friedrich Haas tria ex uno
Marcos Balter Chambers
Kinan Azmeh Café Damas (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Thomas Adès Darknesse Visible
Donnacha Dennehy Bulb
Peter Biloen Conductor
Nadia Sirota Host / Curator
Leah Ferguson Viola
Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales Cello
Eric Huebner Piano
Sumire Kudo Cello
Joo Young Oh Violin
Fiona Simon Violin


February, 2019 Saturday

<em>Nightcap:</em> Curated by Matthias Pintscher

10:30 PM Concert

Nightcap: Curated by Matthias Pintscher

Matthias Pintscher Curator
Nadia Sirota Host


March, 2019 Saturday

<em>Music Across Borders:</em> “Level Up &mdash; Beethoven, Andrew Norman, and Video Games”

2:00 PM Concert

Young People's Concert

Program To Include
Beethoven Allegro con brio, from Symphony No. 5
Andrew Norman Level I, from Play
Very Young Composer, Kyler Simon New work
Edwin Outwater Conductor
Nadia Sirota Host / Curator


March, 2019 Saturday

<em>Nightcap:</em> Curated by John Adams

10:30 PM Concert

Nightcap: Curated by John Adams

John Adams Curator
Nadia Sirota Host
Timo Andres Piano
Attacca Quartet


June, 2019 Saturday

<em>Nightcap:</em> Curated by John Corigliano

10:30 PM Concert

Nightcap: Curated by John Corigliano

John Corigliano Curator
Nadia Sirota Host


June, 2019 Sunday

<em>Sound ON:</em> Response

3:00 PM Concert

Sound ON: Response

Program To Include
Caroline Shaw First Essay
David Lang Selections from memory pieces
Gabriella Smith New work (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Commission)
Judd Greenstein The Seeming Disorder of the Old City (US Premiere)
Steve Reich Different Trains
Nadia Sirota Host / Curator
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic

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