Canadian pianist and composer Lubomyr Melnyk makes his Royal Ballet debut in the 2017/18 Season performing the music (which he composed) for choreographer Robert Binet's ballet The Dreamers Ever Leave You.
Melnyk was born in Munich to Ukrainian parents in 1948. In 1972 and 1973 he lived in Paris, where he created his Continuous Music technique for piano: a combination of Classical and Minimalist piano styles. During his time in Paris he worked with choreographer Carolyn Carlson and developed an interest in dance. Melnyk is the fastest pianist in the world, and set two world records for his playing in 1985. He has composed more than 120 works, mostly for piano (solo, double or with ensemble), performed worldwide and given masterclasses on piano technique.
Melnyk has made many recordings. Avant-garde classical label Unseen Worlds reissued his debut album, KMH, in 2007, to critical acclaim. Further releases have followed on labels including Hinterzimmer (Windmills) and Erased Tapes (Corollaries, Evertina, Rivers and Streams), as well as a collaboration with guitarist James Blackshaw titled The Watchers (Important Records). In 2016, Melnyk made his major-label debut with Illirion, released by Sony Classical.
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The Canadian choreographer shares how he brought The Dreamers Ever Leave You to a former print works, where audiences can experience ballet close up.