Michael Laurence Nyman was born on March 23, 1944 in London, England. He was educated at the Sir George Monoux Grammar School, Walthamstow. He studied at King's College London under Alan Bush and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music in September 1961, studying with Bush and Thurston Dart, focusing on piano and seventeenth-century baroque music. He won the Howard Carr Memorial Prize for composition in July 1964. He became known for the many film scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's ‘The Piano’. His operas include “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”, “Letters, Riddles and Writs”, “Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs”, “Facing Goya”, “Man and Boy: Dada”, “Love Counts”, and “Sparkie: Cage and Beyond”. Nyman has written six concerti, four string quartets, and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band [1977- ], with and without whom he tours as a performing pianist. Nyman stated that he prefers to write opera rather than other sorts of music.
Michael wrote the scores for two Euro-wesrterns: “Ravenous” (1998) and the “Claim” (1999).
Today we celebrate Michael Nyman’s 70th birthday.
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