Tod Machover, called “America’s Most Wired Composer” by the Los Angeles Times, is celebrated for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries. He is acclaimed for inventing new technologies for music, such as his Hyperinstruments which augment musical expression for everyone, from virtuosi like Yo-Yo Ma and Prince to players of Guitar Hero, which grew out of his lab. Machover’s music has been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s most important performers and ensembles and has received numerous international prizes and awards, including the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Culture Ministry. Machover is particularly noted for his radically inventive operas, which include VALIS, based on a novel by Philip K. Dick; the Brain Opera which has just celebrated its 10th year of permanent installation at Vienna’s Haus der Musik, and his latest, Skellig, based on the best-seller by David Almond, which opened last season in England to rave reviews.
Machover is Professor of Music & Media and Director of the Opera of the Future Group at the MIT Media Lab, and is also Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is currently finishing work on the “robotic” opera Death and the Powers, with libretto by Robert Pinsky and directed by Diane Paulus, which premiered in Monaco in September 2010.