Biography

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Jay Richardson has been fascinated by music from an early age and began his musical studies with piano and singing lessons in his home country of Canada, where he was born in 1997.  After moving to England in 2004 he was deeply inspired by his experiences as a chorister at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he sang regular services and performed extensively; since leaving he has continued to sing, including in operas by Britten, Mozart and Menotti, and has continued his piano studies under Ruth McIntyre.  He studied piano with Shelagh Sutherland and composition with Jeffery Wilson at the Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama from 2011 to 2014, and as an Aldeburgh Young Musician since 2010 he has worked with leading professional artists in such fields as electroacoustic music, Indian classical music, jazz and classical improvisation.  His work has been performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and has been commissioned by Aldeburgh Music and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.  He was awarded the Environ Music Composition Prize in 2014.  In March 2016 the Philharmonia Orchestra will premiere a new commissioned work violin soloist Esther Yoo, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.  Jay currently reads Music as a first year undergraduate at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

 

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