Jonny Greenwood (b. 1971) is best known as the lead guitarist of the hugely successful rock band, Radiohead.
He is no stranger to classical music, though. His early musical interests included Messiaen and Ligeti and he started out as a viola player and plays several other instruments, including the Ondes Martenot. To date he has penned four “classical” works: smear (two Ondes Martenots and ensemble), Popcorn Superhet Receiver and 48 Responses to Polymorphia (both for string orchestra) and Doghouse (string trio and orchestra).
In 2004, he was made Composer in Residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra. The first result of this association was Popcorn Superhet Receiver, a BBC commission. It was premiered by the orchestra and Robert Ziegler in 2005, later won the BBC Radio 3 Listeners’ Award at the 2006 British Composer Awards, and was also used in his score for the Oscar-winning film There Will Be Blood.