photo by Samantha West


Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold new-music interpreter and the violist of choice among downtown ensembles these days,” violist Nadia Sirota has been praised for her “command and eloquence,” (Boston Globe) and for being one of New York’s “brightest, busiest players” (Time Out New York). She is best known for her unique interpretations of new scores and for commissioning and premiering works by some of the most talented composers of her generation, including Marcos Balter, Caleb Burhans,  Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Nico Muhly, and is currently touring with Daníel Bjarnason. Her 2009 debut album, First Things First, “a collection of vital, imaginative recent scores” (NYTimes) was a New York Times 2009 record of the year. A regular guest with such groups as Alarm Will Sound and The Meredith Monk Ensemble, she is a founding member of ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble), yMusic, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. In addition to performing classical concert music, Nadia has performed with such songwriters and bands as Max RichterJóhann JóhannssonStars of the LidSam AmidonDovemanBryce Dessner, Ben Frost, and Valgeir Sigurðsson, and can be heard on new and recent albums by Grizzly BearJónsi, The National, RatatatDoveman, My Brightest Diamond, and Arcade Fire. As a chamber musician, Nadia has collaborated with such artists as Joseph Kalichstein, Itzhak Perlman, and the Silk Road Ensemble, as well as with members of Kronos Quaret, the Chiara Quartet, and the Peabody Trio.In addition to her work as a performer and educator, Nadia hosts “Nadia Sirota on Q2,” a weekday show devoted to contemporary music on WQXR’s new internet radio stream Q2. Winner of the 2010 ASCAP Deems Taylor award in radio and internet boradcasting, Nadia’s show was recently described by Alex Ross (The Rest is Noise, The New Yorker) as “radio we can believe in.”