Tod Machover is Visiting Professor of Composition at the Academy and Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music & Media at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA. He is known for his boundary-breaking compositions that mix acoustics, electronics, classical and popular forms, and for his unusual operas that have innovated in subject matter (from brains to immortality), technology (from audio immersion to dancing/singing robots), and context (audience interaction and collaboration).
His music has been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s top soloists and ensembles such as Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Joyce Di Donato, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Southbank Centre, the Centre Pompidou and IRCAM, and many more. His work has received numerous prizes and awards such as Composer of the Year from Musical America, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Culture Ministry, the DigiGlobe Prize from the German Government, an Emmy Award for the documentary about his Symphony in D city symphony, and he was Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
In addition to his compositional work, Machover is celebrated for developing new technologies for music, such as Hyperinstruments to extend musical expression for both virtuosi and amateurs, Hyperscore to allow young people to create sophisticated original music, and various techniques and treatments to diagnose and treat disease and to increase general health and wellbeing through sound.