Bio

Composer Max Richter was born in Germany in 1966 and grew up in the UK. He studied composition and piano at Edinburgh University, the Royal Academy of Music and in Florence with Luciano Berio. Though he has a strong background in the canons of classical music, his influences were more modern composers and in particular, Iannis Xenakis whose musical compositions applied mathematical and physical laws and Philip Glass whose sound was a major influence on Richter. His influences also include rock bands The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Clash, as well as electronic music groups Kraftwerk and Autechre. After finishing his studies, he co-founded Piano Circus, a contemporary classical ensemble, where he stayed for ten years. With the ensemble, he commissioned and performed the works of experimental artists like Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Brian Eno and Julia Wolfe. Piano Circus's performances incorporated found sounds and video, allowing Richter to integrate his love of sampling and electronics. After he left, he became involved in the UK's thriving electronic scene, collaborating with The Future Sound of London and Roni Size. He has released four solo albums: Memoryhouse (2002), Blue Notebooks (2004), Songs From Before (2006), and latest, 24 Postcards in Full Colour (2008), a collection of miniatures meant to be used as ringtones. Recently he has scored the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman as well as INFRA, Max's new score for The Royal Ballet, made with choreographer Wayne Macgregor and fine artist Julian Opie. He has also produced the score for the short animated film Lost and Found based upon the children's book by Oliver Jeffers. Recently, Richter's score, "On the Nature of Daylight", has been included in the acclaimed film Shutter Island.

Reviews

Album Review: Max Richter - Retrospective / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound

A while back I was on YouTube when I struck gold in a piece of music by . I usually steer clear of the comments, but one caught my eye: 'like God seeing his reflection in the water,' it read. Like God! God's reflection! Okay, I know. Going after YouTube commenters is like going after the Westboro Baptist Church or something. The nesting mallard's sitting duck. My point is that is the sort of thing that gets said about music like Richter's. I've certainly fallen foul before... Read More »

Max Richter: Memoryhouse | Album Reviews | Pitchfork

In January, the German-born composer Max Richter completed a task that had long felt like a dream: He heard the music of Memoryhouse, his first album under his own name, played in front of an audience in a proper auditorium. What's more, the show in London's large Barbican Hall was not only sold out but an event important enough to necessitate the second vinyl reissue of the album... Read More »

Max Richter - Infra (from state)

Buy / Listen: 7Digital | Amazon | eMusic | We7 | Spotify Originally part of a score for a contemporary ballet, a collaboration between the choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Julian Opie, prolific composer/producer Max Richter has now expanded the music contained within Infra. While classical in construction (string quintet, piano) Richter weaves many elements of found sounds into the album, and it's the fuzzy sound of morse code and broken voices on a long wave radio that opens the album... Read More »

Max Richter - Memoryhouse (from Pop Matters)

Judging on talent alone, the British-German composer Max Richter deserves as much ink as Nico Muhly. Both these young musicians have made a successful transition from the study of serious modern classical music to bring in a wider, indie-music-listening audience. Muhly through arrangements for a variety of well-known indie rock groups and incessant Tweeting; Richter, in a more modest way, by releasing conceptual albums that are accessible to anyone with the inclination to seek them out... Read More »

Max Richter - Infra (from Pop Matters)

Max Richter faces the depressing double-bind that all modern composers do if they manage to appeal to wider audiences and gain some attention. Too austere or clever, too off-putting or complicated and he'll be branded another avant garde intellectual "normal" listeners couldn't (and shouldn't, the subtext runs) get into; too obviously melodic or moving, too consonant or broadly appealing and suddenly he's a New Age-y schmaltz factory "discerning" listeners know better than to pay attention to... Read More »

Max Richter - Infra (from Quietus)

Max Richter's own brand of neoclassicism evolves out of ambience. Ambience is the spawn. On previous albums we've heard the usual staples of poetry and rain; this album grows out of a steady, bubbling beep and fuzz. Perhaps a dystopia shared with the woebegone little machinations of Johann Johannsson's IBM 1401, A User's Manual. Similar to the IBMs, the Infra robot-children seem to stagger up onto tiny aluminium feet and begin to grasp emotion. They play the saddest chords... Read More »

Max Richter - Infra (from SputnikMusic)

Summary: Richter chooses to leave his cell phone at home Pardon me for stroking my own ego, but I believe that I have more in common with modern composer Max Richter than the typical everyday man. Case in point: We're both minimal. We like staying low-key, unnoticed in the party... Read More »

Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks (from SputnikMusic)

Summary: Long drives into the night, heavy thoughts weighing on your mind, and The Blue Notebooks playing in the background. I could finish this review in a sentence, writing out why The Blue Notebooks is a classic in nine or so words, or thereabouts - at least in the context of its sound, perhaps... Read More »

Max Richter - Infra (from pitchfork)

Max Richter's music could broadly be classified as neo-classical, or ambient, or electro-acoustic chamber music. These descriptors give you an idea of his sound, but they don't tell you what the music feels like. So while I can recognize those generic touchstones, I hear Richter's music first as night music, sound that makes darkness feel alive. I don't tend to associate music with a mood or a time of day or a season, but I like to listen to his albums when I'm working late... Read More »

RICHTER, MAX - Infra (from Forced Exposure)

Originally conceived as a Royal Ballet-commissioned collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and artist Julian Opie, Richter's gorgeous score to Infra is deservedly given life of its own in this album-length release... Read More »

News

ASCAP Honors Top Film & TV Composers at 2015 Ceremony

Shawn Patterson (Robot Chicken), Jeff Peters (The Voice), Josh Phillips (Dancing with the Stars), Photek (How to Get Away with Murder), Dave Porter (The Blacklist), Steven Price (Believe), Matthew Puckett (NY Med), Didier Lean Rachou (Gold Rush: The Dirt), Orr Rebhun (The Crazy Ones), <span>Max Richter</span> (The Leftovers), Ed Robertson (The Big Bang Theory), Jeff Rona (Dominion), Elvin Ross (The Haves and the Have Nots), Jeff Russo (Fargo), Schimmer Music Productions (The Voice), John Sereda (When Calls the Heart), Jeremy Silver (Friends with Better Lives), Stanley A. Smith (Let's Stay Together), Read More »

Teenage Fanclub drummer records with Scottish Ensemble

Printable version Scottish BAFTA-nominated composer and songwriter FRANCIS MACDONALD drums with Teenage Fanclub and has worked with a range of artists (Alex Chilton, Dan Penn, The Pastels, Kevin Ayers, Kate Rusby, Edwyn Collins, Ian McCulloch, BMX Bandits, Belle & Sebastian, Cairn String Quartet and <span>Max Richter</span> amongst others..) Classic FM : 'Francis Macdonald is making waves in the classical world with his sublime, minimalist classical music' Made with the help of a grant from Creative Scotland, 'Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste' is an album of minimalist contemporary music Read More »

Grammys 2015: Winners List

Dance/Electronic Album Aphex Twin, Syro (winner) Deadmau5, While(1<2) Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband Röyksopp & Robyn, Do It Again Mat Zo, Damage Control Best Music Video Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (winner) Arcade Fire, "We Exist" DJ Snake and Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What" Sia, "Chandelier" Woodkid feat. <span>Max Richter</span>, "The Golden Age" Best Dance Recording Clean Bandit feat. Jess Lynne, "Rather Be" (winner) Basement Jaxx feat. ETML, "Never Say Never" Disclosure feat. Mary J. Blige, "F For You" Zhu, "Faded" Duke du Mont feat. Jax Jones, "I Got U" Producer Of The year, Non-Classical Max Martin Read More »

Grammy Awards 2015: Full winners list revealed

Soundtrack for Visual Media American Hustle Guardians of the Galaxy Frozen - WINNER Get On Up: The James Brown Story The Wolf of Wall Street Best Music Video We Exist - Arcade Fire Turn Down for What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon Chandelier - Sia Happy - Pharrell Williams - WINNER The Golden Age - Woodkid FT <span>Max Richter</span> Best Music Film Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour - Beyoncé & Jay Z Ghost Stories - Coldplay 20 Feet From Stardom - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill - WINNER Metallica: Through The Never - Metallica The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne - Pink Best Reggae Album Fly Rasta - Read More »

Goldenvoice Announces Coachella 2015 Side Shows Featuring Dr. Dog, Mo And The Ting Tings

(MIYAVI) Mar. 08: Los Angeles, CA- El Rey Theatre (King Lil G) Mar. 21: Los Angeles, CA- El Rey Theatre (Andrea Gibson) Mar. 20-22: Costa Mesa, CA- OC Fair & Event Center (Musink with Rancid, Bad Religion, Blink 182 with Matt Skiba) Mar. 22: Los Angeles, CA- El Rey Theatre (<span>Max Richter</span>: The Leftovers and Blue Notebooks featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble) Mar. 22: Los Angeles, CA- Club Nokia (2cellos with Steven Roth) Mar. 24: Los Angeles, CA- Fonda Theatre (The Ting Tings) Mar. 27: Los Angeles, CA- Club Nokia (Jazmine Sullivan) Mar. 28: Los Angeles, CA- Club Nokia (Young Thug & Travi$ Read More »

Grammy Awards Announce 2015 Nominees

- "Everything Is Awesome!!!" Ed Sheeran - "I See Fire" Glen Campbell - "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" Idina Menzel - "Let It Go" Karen O - "The Moon Song" Best Music Video: Arcade Fire - "We Exist" DJ Snake and Lil Jon - "Turn Down For What" Sia - "Chandelier" Pharrell Williams - "Happy" Woodkid feat. <span>Max Richter</span> - "The Golden Age" Best Music Film: Beyoncé and Jay Z - On the Run Tour Coldplay - Ghost Stories Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill - 20 Feet From Stardom Metallica - Through the Never Pink - The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne Best Comedy Album: "Weird Al" Yankovic - Mandatory Read More »

2015 Grammy Nominees Announced Including Nominations For Alt-J, St. Vincent And Ryan Adams

Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media American Hustle Guardians of the Galaxy Frozen Get On Up: The James Brown Story The Wolf of Wall Street Best Music Video "We Exist," Arcade Fire "Turn Down for What," DJ Snake & Lil Jon "Chandelier," Sia "Happy," Pharrell Williams "The Golden Age," Woodkid ft. <span>Max Richter</span> Best Music Film Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z Ghost Stories, Coldplay 20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill Metallica: Through The Never, Metallica The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink Best Pop Solo Performance "All Read More »

Big Ears Festival Announces 2015 Lineup Featuring Laurie Anderson, TUnE-yArDs And Swans

Buy Tickets A Winged Victory for the Sullen Amen Dunes Ben Frost Bill Frisell Bryce Dessner Clark Grouper Gyan Riley Harold Budd & Keith Lowe "Häxan" re-scored by Demdike Stare Hildur Guðnadóttir Holly Herndon Jamie xx Jozef Van Wissem Kronos Quartet: Artists-in-Residence Laurie Anderson <span>Max Richter</span> Nels Cline Nosaj Thing Perfume Genius Rhiannon Giddens Sam Amidon SQÜRL Steve Gunn Swans Tanya Tagaq Terry Riley The Bad Plus tUnE-yArDsSearch for Big Ears Festival albums on Amazon TweetWatch laurie anderson concerts on Qello Concerts: Big Ears Festival Announces 2015 Lineup Featuring Laurie Read More »

PREVIEW: Max Richter

&appId;&version; Acclaimed neoclassical composer, pianist, producer, remixer, collaborator of note (having worked with Future Sound of London, Robert Wyatt et al) - one hesitates to label <span>Max Richter</span> as an enigma, but he is without question one of the most prolific, innovative and interesting musical artists of his generation. His debut Royal Albert Hall performance will bring to life The Four Seasons Recomposed, his groundbreaking re-imagining of Vivaldi's masterpiece, arguably one of the most recognisable pieces of music ever written. Renowned British violinist Daniel Hope and ... RAH performance will cap what has already been quite a year for the German-born composer, which has seen him sign an exclusive deal with revered classical label Deutsche Grammophon, renew his collaboration with choreographer Wayne MacGregor on a new full-length work for The Royal Ballet and finish work on a new album, set for release in early 2015. Given the prestigious venue, its peerless atmosphere and the intensity of Richter's exquisitely realised music, Saturday night promises to be very special indeed. For tickets, please visit the Royal Albert Hall website here PREVIEW: <span>Max Richter</span> Read More »

Vashti Bunyan Announces Third Album Heartleap

sophomore album Lookaftering 35 years after her debut. Now Bunyan has announced her third album, titled Heartleap, and it sounds even more exciting. Lookaftering had all the qualities of a long-overdue return and had the personnel to match: Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Robert Kirby, and produced by <span>Max Richter</span>. Heartleap, on the other hand, was mostly recorded and produced by Bunyan herself, alone in her home studio, Pitchfork reports. No other details yet, but this is really something to look forward to. Heartleap will be release by FatCat. Vashti Bunyan Announces Third Album Heartleap Read More »

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