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 full symphony orchestra, Richter has spun a web of innovation to compose music for solo albums, ballets, concert hall performances, film and television scores, 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), German-born 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, Kraftwerk, the Concertgebouw 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. Ballets include his many collaborative ventures with Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor, with his works also being used by, amongst others, 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 created over fifty film and television scores most recently EuropaCorp’s Miss Sloane, Black Mirror’s ‘Nosedive,' for Netflix, Taboo on BBC One which gained him an Emmy nomination, and the final season of the critically acclaimed series The Leftovers. His music also featured in the Oscar-winning film Arrival by Denis Villeneuve and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. His latest album is Three Worlds – Music From Woolf Works which was released by Deutsche Grammophon in January.
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