Biography

Michael Part

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. He was exposed to music from a very young age, and having grown up in a musical family where music was all around him, studying it became a natural route. After graduating top of his class, he holds a Masters in Music with distinction from Kingston University in London.

Management

Michael's involvement as co-founder and chairman to the “International Arvo Pärt Centre” has given him the experience to lead and direct teams of different professionals including liaising with lawyers, IT, archivists, musicologists, the media and officials. Setting up a management body and a team structure in place, as well as acting as the technical consultant, he worked both on strategic and fundraising roadmaps. As the IAPC's physical archive is at the heart of this foundation, the process of establishing a digital archive for long-term preservation and end-user accessibility has been a key stage over the last 3½ years with the means of a custom database, which is to handle in excess of 30TB of digitized content. he also introduced technical audit processes, layout security policy as well as taking regularily part in key creative stages, including design and print.

Music

Michael's main strength is an approach to problem solving in fast and creative ways. Having been active in the music industry as a Producer and Editor for almost 15 years, he has been part of a wide variety of projects, ranging from working closely with composers and pop stars, liaising with directors to managing and producing recording sessions.

Michael Pärt has gained renowned recognition in the music and film communities by working closely with Oscar and Grammy award winning artists. He has worked with Icelandic megastar Björk, film directors Peter JacksonFrancis Ford Coppola, composers Richard HarveyHoward Shore and film director and Prince of Thailand Chatrichalerm Yukol among others. Michael 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.

 

Film Credits  CV 

 

  • "Volta" by Björk

  • "Neon Bible" by Arcade Fire

  • "The Legend of Suriyothai" by Chatrichalerm Yukol (Richard Harvey)

  • "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by Peter Jackson (Howard Shore)

  • International Arvo Pärt Centre

    International Arvo Pärt Centre

  • "Youth Without Youth" by Francis Ford Coppola (Osvaldo Golijov)

"Volta" by Björk

Michael Pärt was Björk's right-hand man and assisted her during production of her 6th full length album "Volta". Björk and Michael worked often at her summer house in Þingvellir, Iceland, spending weeks and months there when Björk was laying her groundwork for this album.

Björk refers to Michael on the CD sleeve as a Midwife to this project.

"Neon Bible" by Arcade Fire

Michael produced all orchestral material for Arcade Fire's second album "Neon Bible". He connected all neccessary elements between the composers and production staff, from arranging the recordings, producing the sessions and editing the multitracks.

"The Legend of Suriyothai" by Chatrichalerm Yukol (Richard Harvey)

Michael Pärt cut his teeth on this 2½ year scoring project as a composers assistant, music editor and producer. Thrown into the deep end, he joined composer Richard Harvey through this epic production across three continents, directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol, prince of Thailand. The ethnic - and orchestral score was recorded in the UK, Hungary and Thailand. 

 

"Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" by Peter Jackson (Howard Shore)

Michael Pärt was the Music Editor in Wellington, New Zealand for Peter Jackson's "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey". Beyond the scope of Musid Editing his main function in the 2‐year production stages were to liaise between composer Howard Shore and director Peter Jackson as well as developing optimal use of technology and data management.

He has been nominated for an nominated for an MPSE award for this work.

International Arvo Pärt Centre

International Arvo Pärt Centre

Michael Pärt co­‐founded and chairs the “International Arvo Pärt Centre”, a foundation that preserves Arvo Pärt’s creative contribution to the arts and ensures education for future generations. the IAPC has since its launch successfully secured government funding from the Estonian state and corporate sponsorship arrangements. Michael is overseeing the management body, leading the technical roadmap, creative policies and providing strategic support.

"Youth Without Youth" by Francis Ford Coppola (Osvaldo Golijov)

Michael Pärt was the Music Editor for Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov on Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth" at American Zoetrope.

He also produced the soundtrack for the feature on Deutsche Grammophon.