Likes: cats and coffee

Dislikes: pineapple

Favorite Food: sushi

Quote: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water” -Eleanor Roosevelt

KATYA RICHARDSON (b. 1997) is a film, multimedia, concert composer and orchestrator based in Los Angeles. She has produced music for dozens of short films, YouTube series, and collaborative projects for students at the University of Southern California and Orange County School of the Arts. Katya is currently pursuing a B.M. in Composition at USC as a full-tuition Trustee Scholar, where she has studied under the direction of Ted Hearne, Frank Ticheli, Sean Friar, and Garry Schyman.  From 2011-2013, Katya was the youngest of four high school students selected to participate in the Los Angeles Composer Fellowship Program. As part of the program, she was mentored by James Matheson and A.J. McCaffrey, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Steven Stucky. As a fifteen-year-old, the Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered her orchestral works in Walt Disney Concert Hall. In June of 2015, anima mundi, received its European premiere in Vienna and Prague, as part of the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra’s European tour. Katya’s newest orchestral piece was selected by an all-star panel to be premiered by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Wilkins. Fanfare for Orchestra was performed at the Opening Night 2016/Steely Dan concert, attended by almost 18,000 patrons, among them actor Matt Bomer (American Horror Story) and director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars, Star Trek). In early June, Katya was fortunate enough to attend the prestigious ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring Workshop, where she was mentored by prominent composers Sean Callery (Bones, Homeland) and Mark Snow (The X-Files). In addition to composition, Katya is also an avid jazz and classical pianist. She graduated from the Orange County School of the Arts in 2015 with a piano emphasis, studying under Dr. Sarkis Baltaian.

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