Young composer Jared Richardson was profiled this past weekend in the Times Colonist newspaper in Canada. Having only started composing a couple of years ago, this 17-year-old high school student has had a piece read by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at a free public performance this past Monday.
The piece, Riders of the West, was described by the orchestra’s composer-in-residence, Scott Good, as showing “a lot of ambition.”
And last night, a second work, Double Agent, was performed by the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the second year running that the orchestra has played a work by this young composer in their New Exploration Workshops series.
And, of course, this talented young musician relies on the world’s best-selling music notation software, Sibelius, to help realise his orchestral ambitions. As Richardson says, though, synthesised playback is no substitute for the sound of a real orchestra.
“It’s amazing to hear it played by real, live musicians who are really good at what they do.”