Nadia Sirota in the Paris Review:
I wish to not violate any copyright, so, just a bit of this tasty article.
“Nadia Sirota and Her Viola, March 9, 2011 | by Dawn Chan
” ‘You are such a good drink, for a four o’clock drink,’ Nadia Sirota tells her Campari and soda. Then, with a sort of resigned discipline, she also orders pizza so as not to turn up sloshed at her next gig in two hours. Sirota, a violist and radio host, has dark hair styled into sideways bangs, dark eyes, a tough-talking, trenchant sense of humor, and inked forearms…
“Though she’s lately become an omnipresent figure in New York’s downtown music concerts, she’s probably less known than others in her circle (like her friend and frequent collaborator Nico Muhly). Perhaps it’s because creators tend to get more attention than interpreters. Or maybe it’s just because violists, to everyone’s detriment, tend to get no attention at all…This week alone, she goes from Webcasting a sold-out show at Le Poisson Rouge to moderating a discussion with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen at WNYC to playing a recital with friends at the Ecstatic Music Festival that is tonight at Merkin Concert Hall…
“She’s built up a well-regarded program on WQXR’s Internet-only radio station, Q2, where she presents twenty hours of music a week.
“As a recent commenter wrote, ‘Nadia is the best thing to happen to New Music in New York City in a very long time’….
Read the full (wonderful) article here.
Not mentioned in the article is that Ms Sirota is a member of several New Music groups. She performs with ACME, yMusic, and Bedroom Community, an probably others of which I am unaware. She has recorded with New Amsterdam Records.