Composer Sid Richardson writes concert music that imbues modern idioms with emotional grit and wit. His work explores the intersections of music and literature, generative systems, and electronic media. He leverages pre-existing texts to create a metaphorical resonance with the source material in pieces that weave literary elements into formal, rhythmic, and harmonic structures. He is constantly on the lookout to explore new sound worlds, instrumentations, collaborations, and technologies with his music.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sid Richardson completed his Ph.D. in composition in the Department of Music at Duke University. He also holds degrees from Boston Conservatory and Tufts University. He has participated in artist residencies at Crosstown arts, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, and the Virginia Center of the Creative Arts. In 2017, the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him a Charles Ives Scholarship. He was the recipient of the 2018 Hermitage Prize from the Aspen Music Festival and School. In the summer of 2019, he was the Elliott Carter Memorial Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. From 2022-24 he is an Artist-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Active as a music educator, he has taught at MIT and Wellesley College, and is currently a member of the composition faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Partner: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Virginia, USA