Max Richter - Composer
Infra; image Julian Opie
Max Richter trained in composition and piano at University of Edinburgh, the Royal Academy of Music, and with Luciano Berio in Florence.
After finishing his studies, Richter co-founded the contemporary classical ensemble Piano Circus, where he stayed for ten years, commissioning and performing works by Arvo PÃ¤rt, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe and Steve Reich. The ensemble was signed to Decca/Argo, producing five CDs.
In 1996 he worked with Future Sound of London on their album Dead Cities, initially starting as a pianist but ending up working on several tracks as well as co-writing one track (titled Max). Richter subsequently collaborated with FSOL over a period of two years, also contributing to the album The Isness. He has also collaborated with Mercury Prize winner Roni Size, with the album In The Mode.
Richter has released four solo albums; Memoryhouse (2002), The Blue Notebooks (2004), Songs From Before (2006) and his newest release, 24 Postcards in Full Colour (2008). In 2005, Richter produced the Vashti Bunyan album Lookaftering.
Richter's music was heavily used in the movie, Stranger than Fiction starring Will Ferrell. Other recent film projects include "Penelope" for Director Ben Ferris, "Hope" by Stanislaw Mucha, and "Henry May Long". In 2007 Richter worked on Waltz with Bashir an animated documentary by Ari Folman.
In 2008 Richter composed the score for a new work for The Royal Ballet, Infra, with choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Julian Opie.