Nadia Sirota

Steiner Invitation Series Speaker


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. Nadia’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. As a soloist, Nadia has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, including the Detroit Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, the National Arts Centre and Spanish National Orchestras, and the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France. To date, she has released four solo albums of commissioned music. She has also lent her sound to recording and concert projects by such artists as The National, David Bowie and Björk, and, as a member of the acclaimed chamber sextet yMusic, has collaborated with Paul Simon and Ben Folds, among others. As a broadcaster, Ms. Sirota is the creator and host of Living Music with Nadia Sirota, a 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. Since 2018, Nadia has served as the New York Philharmonic’s Creative Partner, a position created for her. In this role, she helped create and direct two performance series. Nadia 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. At CMU, Sirota spoke with students in Professor Lance LaDuke’s Remote Performance course in the School of Music.