MICHAEL TORKE (b 1961 )
The music of Michael Torke has been called “some of the most optimistic, joyful and thoroughly uplifting music to appear in recent years” (Gramophone). Hailed as a “vitally inventive composer” (Financial Times) and “a master orchestrator whose shimmering timbral palette makes him the Ravel of his generation” (The New York Times), Michael Torke has created a substantial body of works in virtually every genre, each with a characteristic personal stamp that combines restless rhythmic energy with ravishingly beautiful melodies.
Michael Torke’s career began while he was still a composition student at Yale, when his Ecstatic Orange for orchestra and Yellow Pages for chamber ensemble brought him to the attention of publishers and recording labels. At age 23, he left graduate school and signed with both Boosey & Hawkes and Argo/Decca Records. His music defines post-Minimalism, which builds upon the repetitive techniques of the Minimalist generation and on both classical and contemporary pop music. In 2003, he founded Ecstatic Records and re-released his Decca/Argo recordings, which were described as some of the best classical albums of the year by the New York Times.
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