Nightcap: Curated by Louis Andriessen

The New York Philharmonic

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The Art of Andriessen

Nightcap: Curated by Louis Andriessen


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

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Oct, 2018

Saturday, 10:30 PM

Event Info

Cap off your evening with a drink and an intimate musical exchange in the glow of the skyline as seen from the Kaplan Penthouse. Trailblazing Dutch composer Louis Andriessen curates an evening of music by composers who shaped his path — from Miles Davis to Ravel and John Cage.

Part of Nightcap, a series hosted by Nadia Sirota, Creative Partner.

This event complements that evening’s Philharmonic concert featuring Louis Andriessen’s TAO.


To Be Announced


Louis Andriessen


Louis Andriessen



Louis Andriessen — widely regarded as today’s leading Dutch composer and a central figure in the international new music scene — is the third recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic. From a background of jazz and avant-garde composition, Andriessen has evolved a style employing elemental harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic materials, heard in distinctive instrumentation. His inspirations range from the music of Charles Ives in Anachronie I, the art of Mondrian in De Stijl, and medieval poetic visions in Hadewijch, to writings on shipbuilding and atomic theory in De Materie Part I. Mr. Andriessen’s compositions have attracted leading exponents of contemporary music, including the two Dutch groups named after his works De Volharding and Hoketus. Other eminent ensembles that have commissioned or performed his works include Asko|Schoenberg, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, London Sinfonietta, and the Bang on a Can All Stars. Cross-disciplinary works include the theatre piece De Materie, created with Robert Wilson for Netherlands Opera; three works created with Peter Greenaway (the film M is for Man, Music, Mozart, and the stage works ROSA Death of a Composer and Writing to Vermeer); and collaborations with filmmaker Hal Hartley, including The New Math(s) and La Commedia, an operatic setting of Dante. Recent commissions include Agamemnon for the New York Philharmonic (being premiered Fall 2018); Mysteriën, premiered by Amsterdan’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss Jansons; and The only one for Los Angeles Philharmonic (April 2019). His newest opera, Theatre of the World, about the 17th-century polymath Athanasius Kircher, received first performances in Los Angeles and Amsterdam in 2016, and was released on disc by Nonesuch in 2017. Louis Andriessen held the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, was awarded Composer of the Year Award by Musical America in 2010, and won the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for his opera La Commedia.

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Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


Nadia Sirota


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.

As a soloist, Ms. Sirota has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore 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). Ms. Sirota is a member of Bedroom Community, a collective of musically diverse artists who work and collaborate at Reykjavík’s Greenhouse Studios. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie, John Legend, 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 such as Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Chris Thile.

Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a new podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. She also serves as creative associate at The Juilliard School and as artist-in-residence at UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

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. She 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. Nadia Sirota received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

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Ariel Quartet

Ariel Quartet

Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel almost 20 years ago, when its members were students, the quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the faculty quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where the ensemble directs the rigorous chamber music program and performs its own annual series of concerts, in addition to traveling on its busy touring schedule. The group’s 2018–19 season features performances for Calgary Pro Musica, the Kreeger Museum, and Music Toronto, among others, and includes tours to Israel and Europe. The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent a formative year in Switzerland pursuing in-depth study with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet.

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Special Thanks

Dutch Consulate The Art of Andriessen is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Louis Andriessen is the recipient of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.

Nadia Sirota is The Marie-Josée Kravis Creative Partner.
Part of the Kravis Nightcap series


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