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 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 recent 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.
Originally from Belmont, 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. He 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. Sid is an organizer of the Experimental Music Study Group in North Carolina’s Research Triangle, an organization focusing on promoting community discussions, scholarship, and performances of new music.
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