The nief-norf Summer Festival is thrilled to announce Sid Richardson as one of our three International Call for Scores Winners. Richardson's composition Astrolabe (2014) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion will be performed at the 2015 nief-norf Summer Festival on Saturday, June 13 at 8:00pm.
Sid Richardson is a composer who also performs as a contrabassist in the Duke New Music Ensemble. Originally from Belmont, Massachusetts, Sid is currently a graduate student in the Department of Music at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He completed a Master of Music in composition at the Boston Conservatory in 2013, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in music and classics. His primary composition teachers have been John Supko, Stephen Jaffe, Marti Epstein, Jan Swafford, and John McDonald. He has recently collaborated on compositions with artists such as the Da Capo Chamber Players, yMusic Ensemble, and the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, among others. Sid received the Roger Sessions Memorial Composition Award upon graduating from the Boston Conservatory, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from Tufts University's Music Department at the 2010 commencement ceremony. In addition to music, Sid is interested in sailing, classical studies, and French literature, in which he finds inspiration for many of his works.