Max Richter stands as one of the most prolific figures on the contemporary music scene today with ground-breaking work as a composer, pianist, producer and collaborator. From synthesizers to a full symphony orchestra, Richter has spun a web of innovation to compose music for solo albums, ballets, concert hall performances, film and television series, video art installations and theatre works.
Whilst classically trained (studying at Edinburgh University, the Royal Academy of Music and completing his studies with composer Luciano Berio in Florence), Richter also draws inspiration from the developing sonic world around him including electronica and punk resulting in a clear, distinctive style.
Richter’s albums have landmarked the musical world with projects such as SLEEP - an eight-and-a-half-hour piece being broadcast and performed in celebrated venues across the world including the Sydney Opera House, Berlin’s Kraftwerk, the Concertgebouw, Paris Philharmonie and the Barbican. In 2012, he was commissioned by Deutsche Grammophon to rewrite the infamous Vivaldi’s Four Seasons winning him the prestigious ECHO Classic Award and an established place in the classical charts. Richter’s regular collaborations include ballet works with the Royal Ballet’s resident choreographer Wayne McGregor and Richter’s music is consistently used by The Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Dans Teatre, Lucinda Childs, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, Dresden Semper Oper, Ballet du Rhin and the Northern Ballet.
Richter has written widely for film and television with recent projects including Hostiles, Black Mirror, Taboo - which gained him an Emmy nomination, HBO series The Leftovers and My Brilliant Friend and most recently White Boy Rick, Mary Queen of Scots and the sci-fi drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt. His music also featured in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir and in the Oscar-winning Arrival by Denis Villeneuve.
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