Composer Nico Muhly was born in Vermont in 1981 and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a 2003 graduate of Columbia University with a degree in English Literature.
In 2004 he received a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied composition under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. Muhly’s orchestral works have been premiered by the American Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Orchestra (It Remains to Be Seen, a commission celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2006), and the Boston Pops (Wish You Were Here, 2007); and Step Music for the Chicago Symphony MusicNOW program. In 2005, the Clare College Choir broadcast Muhly’s evensong canticles live on BBC3, and New York’s Saint Thomas Church commissioned and performed his Bright Mass with Canons, a work that has entered their regular repertoire.
With designer/illustrator Maira Kalman, he created the “finely wrought” (New York Times) cantata on Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style that premiered in the New York Public Library, landing him on 2005 year’s-best list of New York magazine. Film credits include his scores for The Reader (2009), Choking Man (2006) and Joshua (2007), and he has worked extensively with Philip Glass as editor, keyboardist, and conductor for numerous film and stage projects. In October 2007, American Ballet Theater premiered Muhly and Millepied’s collaboration From Here On Out, and One Thing Leads to Another, the latest collaboration with Benjamin Millepied, was premiered by the Dutch National Ballet in October 2010. The world premiere of Detailed Instructions, a work for chamber orchestra, was performed in April 2010 by the New York Philharmonic in New York.
Stephen Karam (librettist) is the author of Speech & Debate which was produced off-Broadway by Roundabout Theatre Company as the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground.
Other plays include Sons of the Prophet (premiering in NYC in October and running through December 23, 2011 at Roundabout Theater Company), columbinus (New York Theatre Workshop), Girl on Girl (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep), and Emma, a re-imagining of Jane Austen’s novel performed by students at PPAS (in association with Waterwell). His work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company and Playscripts. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Stephen grew up in Scranton, PA and received his B.A. from Brown University.