Sid Richardson (Ph.D Composition, 2018) wins the 2018 Hermitage Prize

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Richardson, a composition student at The Aspen Music Festival and School, receives a six-week residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood.
Hermitage director Bruce Rodgers with Sid Richardson

The Hermitage Artist Retreat and The Aspen Music Festival and School (AMFS) announce that Sid Richardson, a composition student at AMFS, has been awarded the 2018 Hermitage Prize. Richardson receives a six-week residency at the Hermitage, along with a $1,000 stipend for travel and food expenses. Richardson was selected by a jury that included Alan Fletcher, AMFS president and CEO; Robert Spano, music director of AMFS and the Atlanta Symphony; and the composition faculty of AMFS. (Photo: Hermitage director Bruce Rodgers with composer Sid Richardson.)

First awarded in 2013, the Hermitage Prize is given to a promising composer who is enrolled as a composition student at AMFS. Richardson says that winning the Hermitage Prize is “an affirmation of my musical explorations. I can’t think of a greater opportunity for a young artist than to be given time, space, and a community of like-minded individuals within which to work.” He adds that he hopes to continue to, “explore the intersections of music and literature in regard to musical form—and to engage with new genres and media. My stay at the Hermitage will prove an important stage in my development as a composer.”

Richardson earned his Ph.D. in composition at Duke University last May and attended The Aspen Music Festival this summer as a composition fellow. He has collaborated on compositions with such artists as Conrad Tao, yMusic, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Deviant Septet, and Amarcord. (From the press release)

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