Max Richter stands as one of the most prodigious figures on the contemporary music scene, with ground-breaking work as a composer, pianist, producer, and collaborator. From synthesizers and computers to a full symphony orchestra, Richter’s innovative work encompasses solo albums, ballets, concert hall performances, film and television series, video art installations and theatre works.
'Memoryhouse', Richter’s 2002 debut, has been described by The Independent, and Pitchfork Magazine as a “landmark”, while his 2004 album 'The Blue Notebooks' was chosen by The Guardian as one of the best Classical works of the century.
In 2012 Richter 'Recomposed' the infamous Vivaldi’s 'Four Seasons', winning him the prestigious ECHO Classic Award, and an established place in the classical charts.
In 2015, Max Richter premiered 'SLEEP', a landmark 8.5-hour musical recording played overnight to sleeping audiences, which became the longest ever single continuous piece of music ever broadcast on radio. SLEEP' has since been performed around the world at venues including the Sydney Opera House, Grand Park in Los Angeles, Kraftwerk Berlin, the Philharmonie de Paris and at the Great Wall of China. 'SLEEP', his 'lullaby for a frenetic world', continues to evolve five years on and was released as an app that reimagines the 8.5-hour recording in personalised musical sessions.
In 2019, the documentary 'Max Richter’s SLEEP' by Emmy-nominated director Natalie Johns, featuring extensive archive footage from BAFTA award-winning filmmaker and co-architect of SLEEP Yulia Mahr, premiered at Sundance Film festival to critical acclaim.
Richter has written prolifically for film and television, with recent projects including Hostiles, Black Mirror, Taboo – which gained him an Emmy nomination, HBO series The Leftovers and My Brilliant Friend and, most recently, White Boy Rick, Mary Queen of Scots and the sci-fi drama Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt - which earned Max his second GRAMMY nomination. His music is also featured in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Ari Folman’s Waltz With Bashir, the Oscar-winning Arrival by Denis Villeneuve and the hit Netflix drama Bridgerton/
In recent years Richter’s music has become a mainstay for many of the world’s leading ballet companies, including The Mariinski Ballet, La Scala Milan, The Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Semper Oper, and NDT, while his collaborations with Wayne McGregor for The Royal Ballet have been widely acclaimed.