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 orchestral work, Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, premieres in Norway with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Olari Elts (May 14). Reich/Richter, composed for a new film by painter Gerhard Richter, receives regional premieres in Estonia with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Olari Elts (Apr 17) and in Norway with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Olari Elts (May 14).
"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