Richard Melkonian is a London based composer studying at Guildhall School for Music & Drama London. In 2015, he won the Mary Ryan Award for composition and was commissioned Contradictions for The Esperanta Ensemble. Richard was also a finalist for the AGBU Composition Competition for his piece Andastan (Անտասդան) which was performed May 11th 2015 Symphony Space, New York. Having also studied film-making for two years, Richard works in a wide field of media and practices. He has written several scores for films such as Filip Firlej’s award-winning If It Be Love, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival, London 2015, Emma Swinton’s Isabella, and Aaron Leaman’s documentary Looking for Infinity: El Camino. He also works extensively in theatre as composer and sound designer scoring productions such as the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s No Villain at The Old Red Lion, December 2015, Directed by Sean Turner and Sevan K. Greene’s Nahda, part of Shubbak festival for contemporary Arab arts and literature. Richard also makes sound-installation, visual art and performance art, recently making pieces for exhibitions such as Duchamp is Innocent, at the Chalton Gallery, Euston. He has also just finished his debut director/composer role on the film November, currently in post production. Richard’s studies at the Guildhall are made possible by the Guildhall School Trust. Alongside composition, Richard is also studying Jazz Piano with Barry Green. Richard also, produces, writes and arranges music for artists, such as Jordan Rakei Haiganoush, Jim Ceasar, Boeden, Liskka and others.