Audacious German-born, British-based composer Max Richter defies definition in the world of modern classical music. He’s a true innovator who is achieving popular appeal through bold new work for a whole new generation.

Prolific as a pianist, producer, remixer and collaborator, Richter’s influential composition work spans such acclaimed neo-classical solo albums as The Blue Notebooks and Songs from Before, alongside film (Arrival, Shutter Island), television (The Leftovers, Black Mirror), theatre, ballet, opera and more. 

Equally inspired by The Beatles, Bach, punk rock and ambient electronica, his creative impulse to mix baroque beauty with minimalist methodology, and classical orchestration with modern technology, has become a signature of his style. Time Out has remarked on the “overwhelming emotional power” of his music, while the New Statesman has noted its “astonishing depth and beauty.”

Performing in New Zealand for the very first time, Richter has accepted the invitation for residency at Auckland Arts Festival 2018 for three projects: the worldwide sensation Sleep; the critically lauded Vivaldi Recomposed / Three Worlds, a double-bill of Max Richter's reinvigoration of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works dance score based on three Virginia Woolf novels; and an in-depth composition talk, a unique opportunity for students and musicians to learn and take inspiration from a contemporary great.

“I think the reason I write music is because I’m trying to say things that I find difficult to encapsulate verbally. Music is its own kind of language and it’s very good at saying things that words struggle with.”

— Max Richter