'''Michael Laurence Nyman''', CBE (born 23 March 1944) is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores (many written during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway), and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's ''The Piano''. He has additionally written a number of operas, including ''The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'', ''Letters, Riddles and Writs'', ''Noises, Sounds & Sweet Airs'', ''Facing Goya'', ''Man and Boy: Dada'', ''Love Counts'', and ''Sparkie: Cage and Beyond'', and he has written six concerti, four string quartets, and many other chamber works, many for his Michael Nyman Band, with and without whom he tours as a performing pianist. Nyman stated that he prefers to write opera rather than other sorts of music.