Steve Reich was born in New York in 1936 and raised in between New York and California. He attended Cornell University and graduated with honors in 1957 with a degree in Philosophy. He then began studying composition with Hall Overton and from 1958-61 he attended the Juilliard School of Music. He received his MA in Music from Mills College in 1963. In the mid-late 1960s, Reich was one of the pioneers of Minimal music; his music is known for its repetition, steady pulse, rigorous structures, and combination of non-Western influences. During his career, he has studied the Gamelan, African drumming at the University of Ghana, and traditional forms of chanting Hebrew scriptures. Reich’s work is internationally revered and has been performed across the world.
Steve Reich is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Stephan Breuer