Michael Nyman

24Feb09

“As one of Britain’s most innovative and acclaimed composers, Michael Nyman’s work encompasses operas and string quartets, film soundtracks and concertos. Far more than merely a composer, he’s also a performer, band leader, author, musicologist and now a photographer and film maker. Although he’s far too modest to accept the description ‘Renaissance Man’, his restless creativity and multi-faceted work has made him one of the most fascinating cultural icons of our times.” – michaelnyman.com

Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE (born 23 March 1944, London) is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, perhaps best known for the many movie scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion’s The Piano. His operas include The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs, Facing Goya, Man and Boy: Dada, and Love Counts, and he has written six concerti, four string quartets, and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band, with and without whom he tours as a performing pianist. Nyman has stated his preference for writing opera to other sorts of music. (taken from wiki.com)

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