Michael Pärt

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Michael Pärt
Michael Pärt at 2013 MPSE Golden Reel Awards.jpg
Michael Pärt at 2013 MPSE Golden Reel Awards
Background information
Born (1977-08-17) August 17, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Estonia Tallinn, Estonia
Genres Soundtrack & Music
Occupation(s) Music producer
Website paert.com

Michael Pärt, sometimes spelled "Michael Paert", (born 17 August 1977 in Tallinn, Estonia; Estonian pronunciation: [ˈpær̺t]), is a music producer and co-founded and chairs Arvo Pärt Centre. He is the son of classical composer Arvo Pärt.

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Michael Pärt is an award-nominated[1] music producer and music editor, who has gained renown in the music and film communities by working closely with Oscar- and Grammy-winning artists, and with Icelandic megastar Björk, film director Francis Ford Coppola, composer Howard Shore,[2] and film director and Prince of Thailand Chatrichalerm Yukol among others. He has contributed to award-winning projects such as the BAFTA-winning LazyTown and the Grammy-nominated albums Volta by Björk and Neon Bible by Arcade Fire.[3] Away from production he has exhibited a music installation at the Stanley Picker Gallery, and his most recent project was establishing the International Arvo Pärt Centre, a foundation to preserve his father’s heritage.

Michael Pärt was born in Tallinn, Estonia, on August 17, 1977. In the late 1970s he went with his parents when they emigrated through Austria to Germany. Michael was exposed to music from a very young age, and having grown up in a musical family where everyone was always actively involved in creating music, studying music was a natural route for him to take. After graduating top of his class, Michael Pärt holds a Masters in Music with distinction from Kingston University in London.

Music has taken Michael Pärt around the globe many times over. Since around 2000 he has been using his creativity to structure workflows and lead and motivate production in music and film, while also contributing directly as producer, editor and more. He has experience of both classical music, with orchestral and ensemble-work, and of contemporary and popular music.[4]

In 2008 he returned to Estonia, the homeland of his father and the country where he was born, to establish the International Arvo Pärt Centre, which he chairs. The foundation preserves Arvo Pärt’s creative contribution to the arts for future generations and ensures that they can learn from him.[5]

His most recent work took him to New Zealand, where he worked as the Music Editor for Howard Shore on Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

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