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Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing ‘In A Landscape’ and ‘The Blue Notebooks’

14 – 15 February 2025

In the Concert Hall

Classical Music

Ahead of his highly anticipated ninth album, neo-classical master and post-minimalist legend Max Richter returns to the Sydney Opera House for an all-new performance with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

A night of musical transcendence awaits, where the ethereal meets the emotive in a symphonic tapestry of sound.

The Music

The master of contemporary classical returns with a transcendent new performance

One of the most prodigious and widely loved composers of our era, German-born, British-based composer Max Richter has been at the forefront of contemporary classical and post-minimalist music for more than two decades. After a revelatory performance at Vivid LIVE last year, Richter returns for one night in the Concert Hall where he’ll be joined by the visionary American Contemporary Music Ensemble. 

A classically-trained composer who has captivated global audiences with his genre-defying work in post-minimalism, ambient music and the avant garde, Richter is the world’s most-streamed classical artist, a groundbreaking innovator of form, and a tireless human rights advocate. His work includes The Blue Notebooks (2004) – named one of the best classical works of the century by The Guardian – his acclaimed reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and the immersive, eight-hour concert work SLEEP, which he has performed in collaboration with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. Richter’s music has also soundtracked acclaimed films and television series by Martin Scorsese, Denis Villeneuve and many more, and scored leading ballets and stage productions around the world.

His forthcoming album, In a Landscape, is a meditation on the present that brings together the electronic and the acoustic, the human and the natural world. It is the composer’s first solo album to be recorded at Studio Richter Mahr, his minimalist, eco-conscious creative retreat in rural Oxfordshire.

American Contemporary Music Ensemble

Since 2004, led by cellist and artistic director Clarice Jensen, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) has risen to the highest ranks of American new music through a mix of meticulous musicianship, artistic vision, engaging collaborations, and unwavering standards in every regard. The membership of the amorphous collective includes some of the brightest stars in the field. NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and Strings reports, “ACME’s absorbing playing pulsed with warm energy. Shared glances and inhales triggered transitions in a flow so seamless it seemed learned in a Jedi temple.” ACME was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.”

The ensemble has performed at leading international venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, The Kennedy Center, Washington Performing Arts, UCLA's Royce Hall, Stanford Live, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Duke Performances, The Satellite in Los Angeles, STG Presents in Seattle and many more. ACME has performed Max Richter’s Sleep, an eight-hour lullaby for a sleeping audience, with him around the world, including at the Great Wall of China; on the piers of Auckland, New Zealand; in Hobart, Tasmania; at the Sydney Opera House; and in LA’s Grand Park, among others.

Clarice Jensen Cello & Artistic Director
Ben Russell, Laura Lutzke Violins
Kyle Miller Viola
Claire Bryant Cello

Max Richter at Vivid LIVE 2023

Watch Max Richter in conversation with Ben Marshall

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