Vijay Iyer
About The Series

Composer Portraits

For over twenty years, Miller's flagship series has fostered the creation of new work, served as an incubator...

Program Notes

Composer Portraits: Vijay Iyer

Few jazz musicians still approaching their fifth decade are quite so celebrated, with no signs of critical...

Composer Portraits

Vijay Iyer

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

The New York Times states that “there’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output” of composer, pianist, bandleader, and scholar Vijay Iyer. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist, and DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times, Iyer is creating a modern realization of the practice of American music through his wide-ranging work. Brooklyn-based ensemble The Knights make their Miller debut in this Portrait which includes a world premiere commission as part of Columbia's Year of Water, along with the New York premiere of his concerto Trouble, written for violinist Jennifer Koh.

Read the Q&A with Melissa Smey about this Portrait by writer Lara Pellegrinelli

Read the program notes



  • Song for Flint  (2019) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
  • Crisis Modes  (2019) New York premiere
  • Trouble  (2017) New York premiere
  • The Law of Returns  (2017) New York premiere

Additional Information

A stand-by line will form the night of the show starting at 6pm. Any returned tickets will be available for sale (full-price only) on a first-come, first-served basis. Section A - $40; Section B - $35; Section C - $20.

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo by Kyle Dorosz for Miller Theatre.