Steve Reich’s music has influenced composers and mainstream musicians all over the world. Music for 18 Musicians and Different Trains have earned him two Grammy Awards, and in 2009 his Double Sextet won the Pulitzer Prize. Reich’s documentary video opera works – The Cave and Three Tales, made in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot – have been performed on four continents. His work Quartet for percussionist Colin Currie sold out two consecutive concerts at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London shortly after tens of thousands at the Glastonbury Festival heard Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) perform Electric Counterpoint and the London Sinfonietta delighted audiences with his Music for 18 Musicians.
In 2012, Reich was awarded the Gold Medal in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has additionally received the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo, the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, the BBVA Award in Madrid and the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. He has been named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Royal College of Music, The Juilliard School, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the New England Conservatory of Music.