Hailed as the most influential composer of his generation, Max Richter is a pioneering force in the contemporary music scene. Max recently opened SXSW festival with his ground-breaking eight-hour album SLEEP, and has also earned Bafta and Emmy nominations for his work for the BBC drama Taboo.
Over the years, Richter has become best known for his genre-defining and highly influential solo albums, but his prolific output also encompasses concert music, operas, ballets, art and video installations, and multiple film, theatre, and television scores. Brands including La Prairie, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, and Dior have all featured his music in recent campaigns and runway shows.
Richter’s music can be heard in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, Ari Folman’s award-winning Waltz with Bashir, Oscar-winning sci-fi film Arrival, as well as Charlie Brooker’s TV show Black Mirror and HBO’s The Leftovers. Recently Richter’s score work has been featured in Apple TV+’s Invasion and the newest season of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend.
Richter’s album, Three Worlds: music from Woolf Works, has enjoyed huge success following his collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor on the award-winning ballet Woolf Works – described by the Observer as “a compellingly moving experience”. In 2018, Richter announced a reissue of his masterpiece, ‘The Blue Notebooks’, for the album’s 15th anniversary via Deutsche Grammophon.
Richter’s prolific catalogue has only continued to expand in recent years. 2021 brought us another major work in the form of the two-part album, ‘Voices 1 & 2’, inspired by and featuring text adapted from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was included in the United Nations Human Rights Official Human Rights Day broadcast. Described by Richter as “a place to think”, ‘Voices’ was a response to our tempestuous political climate and the enduring need for compassion.
Most recently, Richter released ‘Exiles’ in August of 2021. The album consists of expansive orchestral reimagining’s of selected earlier works, alongside the soundtrack to Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s ballet Singulière Odyssée.
Richter continues to perform his score, concert, and ballet works, as well as his 8-hour lullaby SLEEP, to audiences around the world.