English composer Joby Talbot made his Royal Ballet debut in 2006, creating the score for Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor's Chroma. Talbot has since written two full-length ballet scores for the Company, in collaboration with Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (2011), the Company's first full-length commission for more than twenty years, and The Winter's Tale (2014).
Talbot was born in Wimbledon in 1971 and studied under Brian Elias, at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College and with Simon Bainbridge at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Works include the trumpet concerto Desolation Wilderness (2006), first performed by Alison Balsom and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; the choral piece Path of Miracles (2005), written for Tenebrae; and the madrigal The Wishing Tree (2002), commissioned by The King’s Singers. Other work includes Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity, first performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen at Royal Festival Hall in 2012, and Meniscus for Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts 2013 World Environment Day celebrations. Talbot has also worked extensively in film and television, major credits including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Son of Rambow (2007), Franklyn (2008) and The League of Gentlemen (BBC2 series, 1999–2002).
Talbot has written widely for dance, collaborations including Wheeldon's Fool’s Paradise (Morphoses, 2007), McGregor's Entity (Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, 2008) and Genus (Paris Opera Ballet, 2007), and Chamber Symphony for Medhi Walerski's Chamber (Residentie Orkest/Nederlands Dans Theater and Norwegian Opera and Ballet, 2012).
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