"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 most original musical thinker of our time"
The New Yorker
Steve Reich has been called “America’s greatest living composer.” (The Village VOICE), “...the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker) and “...among the great composers of the century” (New York Times).
His music has influenced composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. Music for 18 Musicians and Different Trains have earned him two GRAMMY awards, and in 2009 his Double Sextet won the Pulitzer Prize. His documentary video opera works - The Cave and Three Tales, done in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot - have been performed on four continents.
In 2012 he was awarded the Gold Medal in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Earlier he won the Preamium Imperale in Tokyo, the Polar Prize in Stockholm, the BBVA Award in Madrid and recently the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia. he has been named Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et lettres and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Juilliard School, The Liszt Acadmey in Budapest and the New England Conservatory of Music among others.
The 2016–2017 season marks Reich’s 80th birthday, with over 400 performances in more than 20 countries across the globe celebrating his music and legacy. Two new works receive world premieres in autumn 2016: Pulse, which receives its premiere with the International Contemporary Ensemble conducted by David Robertson at Carnegie Hall; and Runner, which is performed at London’s Royal Ballet accompanied by new choreography by Wayne McGregor. Several presenters have announced special concert series and residencies to honor his anniversary, including Lincoln Center, San Francisco Symphony, the Barbican in London, Tokyo Opera City, and Carnegie Hall, which has named Reich the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair for the 2016–2017 season.
“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” states The Guardian.
Steve Reich is published by Boosey & Hawkes.
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Steve Reich Reviewed in Gramophone
A Guide to Steve Reich’s Music
Tom Service, The Guardian
Steve Reich at 80 - previews and profiles
Barbican Centre London, November 2016