Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich was recently called "…the most original musical thinker of our time" (New Yorker) and "…among the great composers of the century" (New York Times) * His instantly recognizable musical language combines rigorous structures with propulsive rhythms and seductive instrumental colour * Many choreographers have used his scores, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jiri Kylian and Jerome Robbins * Exclusive recording contract with Nonesuch, on which label Different Trains earned him one Grammy™ for Best Contemporary Composition and Music for 18 Musicians a second * His "documentary video opera" works The Cave and Three Tales (in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot) have expanded the boundaries of the operatic medium.
Works by Steve Reich include:
Music for Eighteen Musicians (1974–76) for voices and ensemble
City Life (1995) for ensemble
Triple Quartet (1998) for string quartet with pre-recorded tape, or string ensemble, or string orchestra
Double Sextet (2007) for ensemble
Looking Ahead: Reich's new work Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November 2018, looks forward to next performances in Sydney (Feb 13), Cardiff (May 18), and San Francisco (Jun 20) this season.
This April, his new work for large ensemble "Reich/Richter" debuts as part of opening festivities for the new arts space in New York City. The work was created in collaboration with artist Gerhard Richter, and explores the shared sensory language of visual art and music.
"There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them." — The Guardian