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Nadia Sirota

Violist Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo performances, chamber music, and
broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a
broader audience. Nadia’s singular sound and expressive execution have served as muse to
dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, David Lang, Bryce Dessner, Missy Mazzoli, and
Marcos Balter. Nadia won a 2015 Peabody Award, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her
podcast Meet the Composer, “the world’s best contemporary classical
music podcast” (Pitchfork), which deftly profiles some of the most interesting musical thinkers
living today.
As a soloist, Nadia has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the
Detroit Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and the
Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. To date, she has released four albums of commissioned
music, most recently, Tessellatum, Donnacha Dennehy’s groundbreaking work for viola and
microtonal viola da gamba consort, featuring Liam Byrne.
Nadia is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic and has lent her sound to recording and
concert projects by such artists and songwriters as Anohni, The National, Arcade Fire, and Paul
Simon. In 2013 she won Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Prize, awarded to
pioneering artists and scholars with an emerging international profile. She received her
undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, studying with Heidi Castleman,
Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang

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