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Joby Talbot was born in Wimbledon in 1971. He studied composition privately with Brian Elias and at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College before completing a Master of Music (Composition) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Simon Bainbridge.
Talbot’s diverse output has included a trumpet concerto for Alison Balsom and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (
, 2006); a 60-minute a cappella choral journey along the Camino de Santiago for Nigel Short’s Tenebrae (
Path of Miracles
, 2005); arrangements of songs by Detroit rock duo The White Stripes alongside his own existing works for Wayne McGregor’s
(The Royal Ballet, 2006); and, as a co-production with the National Ballet of Canada, Christopher Wheeldon’s
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
(2011), the first full-length narrative ballet score to be commissioned by The Royal Ballet in 20 years.
He has also written the madrigal
The Wishing Tree
(The King’s Singers, 2002), the orchestral
(BBC National Orchestra of Wales, 2004) and an arrangement of Purcell’s Chacony in G minor for the BBC Proms (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 2011).
Worlds, Stars, Systems, Infinity
first performed in 2012 under Esa-Pekka Salonen at Royal Festival Hall, was commissioned as an addition to Holst’s
for the Philharmonia Orchestra interactive digital installation, Universe of Sound.
(2009), a work for large ensemble, began life as the score for
by choreographer Carolyn Carlson and CCN Roubaix and was subsequently adapted by Christopher Wheeldon for his 2013 work for Pacific Northwest Ballet, also called
. Other significant works written or adapted for dance include
(Christopher Wheeldon and Morphoses, 2007), an arrangement of Talbot’s 2002 silent film score
The Dying Swan; Genus
(Paris Opera Ballet, 2007)
(; Wayne McGregor and Random Dance, 2008); and Chamber Symphony for
by choreographer Medhi Walerski (Residentie Orkest/Nederlands Dans Theater and Norwegian Opera and Ballet, 2012).
In 2014, Talbot premiered the full-length ballet score
The Winter's Tale
— a second narrative collaboration with Christopher Wheeldon for The Royal Ballet and National ballet of Canada, adapted from Shakespeare's play — as well as seeing international revivals of
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chamber, Chroma, Path of Miracles
. In January 2015 his opera
was premiered to great acclaim by its commissioner, The Dallas Opera.
Future plans include a guitar concerto for Miloš Karadaglić and a new full length ballet with Christopher Wheeldon.