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Ludovico Einaudi
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Ludovico Einaudi

Ludovico Einaudi (born 23 November 1955 in Turin, Italy) is an Italian composer and pianist particul...

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{"key":"3849","name":"Ludovico Einaudi","bio":"Ludovico Einaudi (born 23 November 1955 in Turin, Italy) is an Italian composer and pianist particularly noted for the use of developing melodious phrases in his piano compositions.He began his musical training at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, gaining a diploma in composition. Later, he studied with Luciano Berio. In 1982 he gained a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. He currently resides on a vineyard in the region of Piemonte.Although Einaudi would prefer not to be labeled as any particular type of composer, he is generally considered a minimalist.\"In general I don't like definitions, but 'minimalist' is a term that means elegance and openness, so I would prefer to be called a minimalist than something else.\" - Ludovico EinaudiOfficial website: http:\/\/www.ludovicoeinaudi.com(2) Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi was born in Turin, November 23, 1955. His mother, also a pianist, would play for him as a young child, planting the seeds for what would become a fruitful, illustrious career. Einaudi studied under Luciano Berio at the Conservatory of Milan, graduating with a diploma in composition. In 1982 his talents would win him a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. The experience opened Einaudi's ears to new ideas like minimalism, world music influences, and aspects of pop music. He spent the next several years composing for the ballet, including Sul Filo d'Orfeo (1984), Time-Out (1988), and The Wild Man (1991). Einaudi turned a corner in 1996 with the release of his first collection of solo performances, entitled Le Onde. This record started Einaudi down the path toward becoming one of Europe's best-selling pianist\/composers. 1999's Eden Roc and 2001's I Giorni, both for BMG, captured the solo piano world's attention, both remaining best-sellers for years to come. While seemingly at the top of the composition world, Einaudi ventured into the world of film composition, a journey punctuated by his Best Film Score award in 2002 for his work on Luce Dei Miei Occhi. Einaudi noted in interviews during that period that he missed concertizing, and began performing again regularly. New works blossomed from this effort, including 2004's Una Mattina and 2006's Diario Mali. 2007 welcomed Einaudi's seventh studio album, titled Divenire, where he was accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. The follow-up, 2009's Nightbook, was much more self-consciously reductionist, featuring solo piano minimally adorned with electronics, and saw Einaudi begin to be appreciated by fans of the \"post-classical\" school that he had arguably, at least in part, inspired. A double-disc best-of, Islands, was released in 2011, and at the beginning of 2013 he signed a new deal with Decca and unveiled the long-gestating In a Time Lapse, which had been recorded in a remote monastery near Verona and saw a return to a more \"classical\" chamber music sound. 2015 brought the release of Elements, which featured violinist Daniel Hope, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, electronica's Robert Lippok, and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco, among its several guest performers. Recorded at his home studio in Italy, it was inspired by nature, math, science, music, art, and how parts connect to form a whole. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3849_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Max Richter
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Max Richter

Composer Max Richter was born in Germany in 1966 and grew up in the UK. He studied composition and ...

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{"key":"3887","name":"Max Richter","bio":"Composer Max Richter was born in Germany in 1966 and grew up in the UK. He studied composition and piano at Edinburgh University, the Royal Academy of Music and in Florence with Luciano Berio. Though he has a strong background in the canons of classical music, his influences were more modern composers and in particular, Iannis Xenakis whose musical compositions applied mathematical and physical laws and Philip Glass whose sound was a major influence on Richter. His influences also include rock bands The Beatles, Pink Floyd and The Clash, as well as electronic music groups Kraftwerk and Autechre.After finishing his studies, he co-founded Piano Circus, a contemporary classical ensemble, where he stayed for ten years. With the ensemble, he commissioned and performed the works of experimental artists like Steve Reich, Arvo P\u00e4rt, Brian Eno and Julia Wolfe. Piano Circus's performances incorporated found sounds and video, allowing Richter to integrate his love of sampling and electronics. After he left, he became involved in the UK's thriving electronic scene, collaborating with The Future Sound of London and Roni Size.He has released four solo albums: Memoryhouse (2002), Blue Notebooks (2004), Songs from Before (2006), and latest, 24 Postcards in Full Colour (2008), a collection of miniatures meant to be used as ringtones.Recently he has scored the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman as well as INFRA, Max's new score for The Royal Ballet, made with choreographer Wayne Macgregor and fine artist Julian Opie. He has also produced the score for the short animated film Lost and Found based upon the children's book by Oliver Jeffers. Recently, Richter's score, \"On the Nature of Daylight\", has been included in the acclaimed film Shutter Island.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3887_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Michael Riesman
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Michael Riesman

Michael Riesman has been a long time collaborator of legendary composer Philip Glass. Michael Riesma...

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{"key":"80497","name":"Michael Riesman","bio":"Michael Riesman has been a long time collaborator of legendary composer Philip Glass. Michael Riesman works with Glass in many capacities. He is the musical director of the Philip Glass Ensemble (while also serving as a keyboard player therein), synthesizer technician, producer, and \"orchestrator\" of Philip Glass's ensemble music.Michael Riesman and Dennis Russell Davies are the most frequent conductors of Glass's musical recordings and live performances. During live performances, Michael Riesman is the conductor when the Philip Glass Ensemble plays while Dennis Russell Davies has generally performed this duty when other orchestras perform Glass's works.Michael Riesman is an accomplished pianist and composer in his own right with several releases. In addition he has released three solo piano interpretations of Philip Glass's works: Philip Glass : Dracula, Philip Glass : Music From \"The Hours\" Solo Piano and Philip Glass Soundtracks.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/80497_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Michael Nyman
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Michael Nyman

Michael Nyman (born March 23, 1944) is a British minimalist composer, pianist, librettist and musico...

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{"key":"3873","name":"Michael Nyman","bio":"Michael Nyman (born March 23, 1944) is a British minimalist composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist, perhaps best known for the many scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway.Nyman, who had studied with the noted Baroque music scholar Thurston Dart at King's College London, drew frequently on early music sources in his scores for Greenaway's films: Henry Purcell in The Draughtsman's Contract and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber in A Zed and Two Noughts, Mozart in Drowning by Numbers, and John Dowland in Prospero's Books.Nyman's popularity increased significantly after he wrote the score to Jane Campion's award-winning 1993 film The Piano. The album (\"The Piano\") became a classical music best-seller. Although Nyman's score was central to the movie he did not receive an Academy Award nomination despite being nominated for both a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He has scored numerous other films, the vast majority of them art films from Europe. His few forays into Hollywood composing have been Gattaca (\"Gattaca\"), Ravenous (with musician Damon Albarn), and The End of the Affair (\"The End of the Affair\").Among Nyman's better known non-film works are Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs (1987), for soprano, alto, tenor and instrumental ensemble (based on Nyman's score for La Princesse de Milan); Ariel Songs (1990) for soprano and band; MGV (Musique \u00e0 Grande Vitesse) (1993) for band; concertos for piano (based on The Piano score), harpsichord, trombone and saxophone; the opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (1986), based on a case-study by Oliver Sacks; and several string quartets.On children's television shows, Michael has created the music for Katie and Orbie and Titch.Many of Nyman's works are written for his own ensemble, the Michael Nyman Band, a group formed for a 1976 production of Carlo Goldonip's Il Campiello. Originally made up of old instruments such as rebecs and shawms alongside more modern instruments like the saxophone in order to produce as loud a sound as possible without amplification, it later switched to a fully amplified lineup of string quartet, three saxophones, bass trombone, bass guitar and piano. This line up has been variously altered and augmented for some works.Nyman also wrote an influential book in 1974 on experimental music called Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond, which explored the influence of John Cage on classical composers. He is generally acknowledged to have been the first to apply the term \"minimalism\" to music, in a 1968 article in The Spectator magazine about the English composer Cornelius Cardew.In the 1970s, Nyman was a member of the infamous Portsmouth Sinfonia, the self-described World's Worst Orchestra - playing on their recordings and in their concerts.He has also recorded pop music, with the Flying Lizards","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3873_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Winifred Phillips
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Winifred Phillips

Winifred Phillips is an Interactive Achievement Award-winning composer Her most recent projects are:...

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{"key":"195373","name":"Winifred Phillips","bio":"Winifred Phillips is an Interactive Achievement Award-winning composer Her most recent projects are: The \"Victoria's Lab\" and \"Eve's Asylum\" music for the videogame LittleBigPlanet 2, from Media Molecule \/ Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Released in January 2011, LittleBigPlanet 2 has received enormous critical acclaim.Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - The Videogame from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, released in September 2010 alongside the film of the same name, directed by Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen, Dawn of the Dead) and produced by Animal Logic (Happy Feet, visual FX for 300). Winifred's music from the Legend of the Guardians videogame has won a 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category \"Best Original Song - Video Game\".\tLittleBigPlanet2 from Media Molecule \/ Sony Europe, released in January 2011.Winifred's other videogame credits include the following:Spore Hero, from the \"Spore\" franchise, was a 2009 International Film Music Critics Award finalist.SimAnimals, from the bestselling \"Sims\u2122\" series.The Maw, released in January 2009 as the number one bestseller on XBox Live Arcade, winner of the Audience Choice Award (2008 PAX-10 showcase), finalist at the 2009 Independent Games Festival.Speed Racer was a tie-in to the film starring Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. For her work on this project, Winifred was a Hollywood Music Awards finalist in 2008.Shrek the Third was released to coincide with the blockbuster movie premiere. Winifred's music for this game was nominated for a Game Audio Network Guild award.The Da Vinci Code\u2122 was a videogame tie-in to the blockbuster movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was released to coincide with the premiere of the film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton (who personally approved all of Winifred's music for the game).God of War was a smash-hit action-adventure game released by Sony Computer Entertainment America. For her work on this game, Winifred received an Interactive Achievement Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Scienc (Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition). The music she wrote for \"God of War\" also received four Game Audio Network Guild Awards, including \"Music of the Year\".Winifred's film and television credits include the Canadian coverage of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the 15th Annual Critics Choice Awards on VH1, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the feature film \"Violent Memories\", and the TV series America's Most Wanted, among others.From 1992 to 2003, Winifred was the producer \/ composer of the award-winning Radio Tales series, for which she wrote the musical scores for over one hundred music drama programs. The series was first aired via National Public Radio and is currently broadcast each week on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. For her work as a composer on this music series, Winifred is a four-time winner of the Gracie Award for artistic excellence and outstanding achievement from the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television.In addition, Winifred is a New York Festivals WorldMedalist, and has been honored by the NFCB Golden Reel Awards and the Audio Publishers Association Awards.For the past five years Winifred has served as a nominating committee panelist for the Best Original Score category of the Interactive Achievement Awards, presented by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Service on an Interactive Achievement Awards nominating panel is limited to the most accomplished video game professionals, and is a testament to career achievement in the interactive entertainment industry. Winifred is the owner of Generations Productions LLC, an award-winning music studio and production company. www.winifredphillips.com","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/195373_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Nils Frahm
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Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm (born September 20, 1982) is a critically acclaimed German musician, composer, and produc...

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{"key":"4557","name":"Nils Frahm","bio":"Nils Frahm (born September 20, 1982) is a critically acclaimed German musician, composer, and producer based in Berlin. He is known for combining classical and electronic music in his compositions, and for an unconventional approach to the piano, in which he mixes a grand piano, upright piano, Rhodes piano, drum machine, and Moog Taurus. He was taught to play the piano by Nahum Brodski, a student of the last prot\u00e9g\u00e9 of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was through this training that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans. As the recognition continues to grow for his previous solo piano works Wintermusik (2009) and The Bells (2009), 2011 saw the release of his critically acclaimed record Felt on London label Erased Tapes. The album was followed by the solo synthesiser EP Juno and Screws (2012) \u2013 a birthday gift to his fans he recorded while recovering from a thumb injury. Nils released his follow up to Juno titled Juno Reworked (2013) with guest reworks by Luke Abbott and Clark.Now Nils returns with his new album Spaces expressing Frahm\u2019s love for experimentation and answering the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they have witnessed during his concerts.http:\/\/nilsfrahm.com | http:\/\/erasedtapes.com","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/4557_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Yo-Yo Ma
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Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma is a world-famous Chinese-American cellist. He is considered one of the best cellists in th...

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{"key":"3883","name":"Yo-Yo Ma","bio":"Yo-Yo Ma is a world-famous Chinese-American cellist. He is considered one of the best cellists in the world and has made over 50 albums.He was born to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age 4 and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976.Yo-Yo Ma has been called \"the most omnivorous of all cellists\" by critics and indeed possesses a far more eclectic repertoire than typical for a classical player. He has performed and recorded Baroque pieces on period instruments, American bluegrass music, traditional Chinese melodies, the Argentinian tangos of Astor Piazzolla, Brazilian music, the soundtrack to the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Philip Glass's minimalist score of Naqoyqatsi in addition to numerous recordings of the standard classical repertoire. His latest CD is a collaboration with other musicians for the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack.Yo-Yo Ma's main performance instrument is a very fine 1733 Montagnana cello. He also plays the Davidoff Stradivarius from 1712, which was also played by Jacqueline du Pre.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3883_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Zbigniew Preisner
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Zbigniew Preisner

Zbigniew Preisner (born 20 May 1955 in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, birth name: Zbigniew Antoni Kowalski)...

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{"key":"3891","name":"Zbigniew Preisner","bio":"Zbigniew Preisner (born 20 May 1955 in Bielsko-Bia\u0142a, Poland, birth name: Zbigniew Antoni Kowalski) is a Polish film score composer, best known for his work with film director Krzysztof Kie\u015blowski.Zbigniew Preisner studied history and philosophy in Krak\u00f3w; never having received formal music lessons, he taught himself about music by listening and transcribing parts from records. His compositional style represents a distinctively spare form of tonal neo-romanticism.Preisner is best known for the music composed for the films directed by fellow Pole Krzysztof Kie\u015blowski. His \"Song for the Unification of Europe\", based on the Greek text of 1 Corinthians 13, is attributed to a character in Kie\u015blowski's Three Colors: Blue and plays a dominant role in the story. His music for Three Colors: Red includes a setting of Polish and French versions of a poem by Wis\u0142awa Szymborska, a Polish Nobel Prize-winning poet.After working with Kie\u015blowski on Three Colors: Blue, Preisner was hired by the producer Francis Ford Coppola to write the score for The Secret Garden, directed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Although Preisner is most closely associated with Kie\u015blowski, he has collaborated with several other directors, winning a C\u00e9sar in 1996 for his work on Jean Becker's \u00c9lisa. He has won a number of other awards, including another C\u00e9sar in 1994 for Three Colors: Red and the Silver Bear at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival 1997 for The Island on Bird Street.In 1998, Requiem for My Friend, Preisner's first large scale work not written for film, was premiered. It was originally intended as a narrative work to be written by Krzysztof Piesiewicz and directed by Kie\u015blowski, but it became a memorial to Kie\u015blowski after the director's death. He composed the theme music for The People's Century, a monumental twenty-six part documentary made jointly in 1994 by the BBC television network in the United Kingdom and the PBS television network in the United States. He has also worked with director Thomas Vinterberg on the 2003 film It's All about Love and provided orchestration for David Gilmour's 2006 album On an Island. Silence, Night, and Dreams is Zbigniew Preisner\u2019s new recording project, a large-scale work for orchestra, choir, and soloists, based on texts from the Book of Job. The first recording was released in 2007 with the lead singer of Madredeus, Teresa Salgueiro, and boy soprano Thomas Cully from Libera.Van den Budenmayer is a fictitious eighteenth-century Dutch composer created by Preisner and director Krzysztof Kie\u015blowski for attributions in screenplays. Preisner said Van den Budenmayer is a pseudonym he and Kie\u015blowski invented \"because we both loved the Netherlands\". Music by the Dutch composer plays a role in three Kie\u015blowski films: The Decalogue, Three Colours: Blue, and Three Colours: Red . In the second of these, a theme from his musiques fun\u00e8bres is quoted in \"The Song for the Unification of Europe\". Its E minor soprano solo is prefigured in the earlier film The Double Life of Veronique, where circumstances in the story prevent the solo from finishing.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3891_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Samuel Sim
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Samuel Sim

Samuel Sim is a film and television composer. He first gained recognition with his award winning sco...

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{"key":"83302","name":"Samuel Sim","bio":"Samuel Sim is a film and television composer. He first gained recognition with his award winning score for the BBC drama series \"Dunkirk\". Since then he has written the music for a wide variety of film and television productions, most recently scoring the film \"Awake\" for The Weinstein Company and the BBC\/HBO drama series \"House of Saddam\".Sim took to writing music from a young age. While classically trained on the violin and concert harp, he also played the guitar in a number of bands while he was growing up. He was sixteen when he was first introduced to the late film composer Michael Kamen, who encouraged him to start writing music to pictures. Samuel went on to collaborate with Kamen, who mentored many of his early scores.Sim lives in London, and works out of Goldust Studios.A recording of Sim's soundtrack for the 2009 BBC television drama of Jane Austen's Emma is set to be released on compact disc on 8 December 2009.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/83302_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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