sid richardson

Dana Lyon Fellow


“My time spent abroad living with a French family proved to be extremely important to my decision to become a composer. Not only did I soak in amazing concerts of every conceivable genre, I was affected by the many arts the city had to offer. I was especially struck by the serious role music and art plays in French society. During my time in Paris, I realized that I need to compose to express the wide spectrum of emotions and ideas inherent in living life. Being in another country for an extended period helped me see this more clearly than ever before.”

— Sid Richardson

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Composer Sid Richardson (b. 1987) writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and cerebral wit. He has collaborated on projects with artists such as Conrad Tao, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Deviant Septet, Ensemble Amarcord, and yMusic. Sid’s arrangement of the Bach Double Violin Concerto in D Minor BWV 1043, adapted for two soprano saxophones and full orchestra, was performed by Susan Fancher, Branford Marsalis, and the Durham Medical Orchestra led by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant in December, 2016. Also that year, he was in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where he worked on his newest piece Red Wind that sets selections from the poetry of Nathaniel Mackey. Sid was commissioned by the Kenosha Community Foundation in association with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra for a new woodwind quintet that was premiered at the Kenosha Public Museum in Wisconsin in 2015. Other commissions include Webbed, a violin solo for Charlotte Munn-Wood commissioned by the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University, and Rough/Smooth, for mixed chorus and organ, commissioned by Emmanuel Church Boston. Sid received a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2017.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sid is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Music at Duke University in Durham, NC. He has studied with composers Stephen Jaffe, John Supko, Scott Lindroth, John McDonald, Marti Epstein, and Jan Swafford. Sid holds a Master of Arts in composition from Duke University, a Master of Music in composition from The Boston Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in music and classics. He received the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award upon graduating from the Boston Conservatory, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from Tufts University’s Department of Music at the 2010 commencement ceremony. The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently awarded Sid a Charles Ives Scholarship.