Joby Talbot - Composer
Chroma; photo Johan Persson
Joby Talbot studied composition privately with Brian Elias and then with Robert Saxton and Simon Bainbridge at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
His music is widely performed on international platforms including the Royal Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The South Bank Centre, the Palais Garnier, and the Royal Albert Hall. His work with performers such as Alison Balsom, Maya Beiser, the King's Singers, Tenebrae and Ute Lemper has produced some inspiring repertoire. 2004 was a landmark year for Talbot. His first Proms commission Sneaker Wave premiered at the Royal Albert Hall and Classic FM appointed him as their first ever Composer in Residence.
Recent projects have had an international flavour. Manual Override, for the T'ang Quartet commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival and Theatre Cryptic, Mandala, for six harps was heard in London and Adelaide.
Talbot is also highly acclaimed for his music for film. For the concert hall he has scored Hitchcock's silent classic, The Lodger and Evgeny Bauer's The Dying Swan. His work for cinema includes the scores for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Son of Rambow with director Garth Jennings.
Chroma, for the Royal Ballet, formed his initial collaboration with Wayne McGregor. In 2007 Paris Opera Ballet commissioned an electronic score from Talbot for Wayne McGregor's Genus. Most recently, Joby Talbot has provided original music for Wayne McGregor | Random Dance's Entity.