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Max Richter

Composer

Biography

Max Richter in action.
Max Richter. Photo by Erik Weiss

British composer, pianist, producer and remixer Max Richter made his Royal Ballet debut in 2008 creating the original score for Wayne McGregor’s Infra. His chamber opera Sum had its world premiere in the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2012, directed by McGregor. In 2015 he created the original score for McGregor’s full-length ballet Woolf Works.

Richter studied composition at Edinburgh University, the Royal Academy of Music and with Berio in Florence. In the early 1990s he co-founded Piano Circus, a six-piano ensemble that commissioned and performed works by Steve Reich and Philip Glass, among others. In 2002 Richter released his first solo album memoryhouse on the BBC Late Junction label. He has subsequently released four more solo albums – The Blue Notebooks, Songs from Before, 24 Postcards in Full Colour and Infra – on FatCat, and Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (winner of the 2013 ECHO Klassik Award) on Deutsche Grammophon, where Richter is now an exclusive artist. Richter’s extensive work in film and television includes Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir (winner of the European Film Award), James Kent’s Testament of Youth and Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers for HBO.

Richter has a long-standing association with McGregor, and their collaborations include, in addition to their works at the Royal Opera House, Kairos for Ballet Zürich, and the installations Rain Room at the Barbican and MoMA and Future Self at Lunds konsthall, both for Random International.

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News and features

Watch: 6 innovative dance works by Crystal Pite

Watch: 6 innovative dance works by Crystal Pite

16 March 2017

Combining elements of classical ballet with a powerful sense of drama, Pite is one of today’s most talked-about choreographers.

'Full of imagination and pain and beauty': Exploring human relationships through dance in <em>Woolf Works</em>

'Full of imagination and pain and beauty': Exploring human relationships through dance in Woolf Works

9 February 2017

Wayne McGregor, Max Richter and Alessandra Ferri reveal the literary and human inspirations behind Woolf Works.

<em>Woolf Works</em> to be relayed live to cinemas on 8 February 2017

Woolf Works to be relayed live to cinemas on 8 February 2017

3 February 2017

Wayne McGregor’s stunning ballet, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, will be live on silver screens around the world.

Posts by Max Richter

Max Richter on how he composed the score for <em>Woolf Works</em>

Max Richter on how he composed the score for Woolf Works

9 January 2017

The composer reveals how Virginia Woolf's life and work influenced his score for Wayne McGregor's ballet.

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