Michael Nyman is an English composer, libretticist, musicologist and pianist who is primarily known for his minimalist compositions and film scores for frequent collaborator, Peter Greenaway. Indelibly minimalist (he coined the term) yet with frequent nods to Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic composers.
Michael Laurence Nyman was born in Stratford, London on March 23rd, 1944. He attended Sir George Monoux Grammar School in Walthamstow. He began studying at the Royal Academy of Music and King's College in 1961. There he received an education from composer Alan Bush and musicologist Thurston Dart. Dart specialized in English Baroque, the contrapuntal lines and repetition of which greatly influenced Nyman's own work.... Read More