MMus in Opera Making Guildhall School of Music and Drama in association with The Royal Opera House 

BMus in Classical Composition Graduated 2018 Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Composer for Theatre and Opera

Composer for Old Vic 12, working on original music for new plays, in development with the Old Vic – Current 2019

Composer for the Chamber Opera GENIZAH with Libretto by Yashka Moore. To be performed as part of Guildhall’s Opera Makers July 3rd – 8th at Milton Court Studio Theatre, London – Current 2019

Composer and Sound Designer for The Shroudmaker by Ahmed Masoud as part of the 70th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. Rada Studios. – January 2018

Commissioned by Mahogany Opera group to write The Finding for Various Stages Festival (ICA, Charing Cross) for a chorus of women and babies, solo mezzo-soprano and amplified Cello written by Zoe Palmer, directed by Lucy Bradly – February 2017

Composed original score for the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s No Villain at Trafalgar Studios, directed by Sean Turner for Jazz Quartet – June 2016

Composed original music for voices, percussion and Arabic Oud for Sevan Greene’s Nahda, part of Shubbak Festival of Contemporary Arab Arts and Literature at The Bush Theatre – July 2015

Composer for Film and Television

Composed original music for The Invader’s Song directed by Emma Swinton 2017

Assistant to Peter Raeburn at Soundtree Music editing, composing and arranging music to picture for ads and several feature-length independent films – 2018

Composed original music for Briar Rose directed by Helen Driftmier 2017

Composed original score for Looking For Infinity: El Camino award-winning feature-length documentary directed by Aaron Leaman 2016

Composer, Writer and Driecter for November nominated for best experimental short at Blowup ArtHouse, Chicago

Composed original score for If It Be Love feature length film directed by Filip Firlej selected for official Raindance Competition 2015

Composed original score for Isabella directed by Emma Swinton 2015

Other Commissions and Awards

Finalist of the Sayat Nova International Composition Competition.  Andastan.  This was premiered in Symphony Space, New York – December 2015  

Winner of the Mary Ryan Award. Contradictions for Harp, Flute, Viola and soprano was commissioned by Richmond Concert Society – December 2014

Producer and Arranger

Strings arranger for Rooftop from debut album by Jordan Rakei (Ninja Tune Records) – September 2016

Co-Writer and Co-Producer for Kwalia with Jordan Rakei, released on 12 inch Vinyl with Pinkbird Records – January 2018

Strings arranger for Holiday Oscar on debut EP – Sunday Best Records 2016

Performance Art

Play – ATP Gallery 2018, part of Perception Weekend. I contributed a piece for dancers, hanging percussion and singers.

Old Nicols Procession – Arnold Circus 2017 Part of The Whitechapel Galleries Art Night, performed at Arnold Circus, for Hand chimes, percussion and public participation

Chalton Happening – Chalton Gallery 2016, part of the retrospective on John Cage featured on Resonance FM. For hanging home-made percussion and public participation

Duo – Chalton Gallery 2015, part of the retrospective Duchamp is innocent. For two performers and found object

Full list of works


  •  Score for Fourteen Fractures, String Quartet –15 minutes

2018 – 2019

  • GENIZAH chamber opera for ensemble and cast of 6 – 20 – 30 minutes . Libretto by Yashka Moore.

2017 – 2018

  • Three Etudes for Solo Viola – 7 minutes

  • In The Killing Hours for Two Actors, Soprano Mezzo, Viola and Cello 30 minutes

  • The Finding 60 year old plus Mezzo Soprano, Chorus of Mothers and Babies, Piano and amplified Solo Cello. Libretto by Zoe Palmer. (in development)

2016 – 2017

  • Canto for Orchestra – 6 minutes

  • On Reading Screenplays – SATB 12 minutes

2015 – 2016

  • Iona for Large Ensemble and Tape – 12 minutes

  • Prism for String Quartet – 20 minutes

  • Khachkar for Early Ensemble, Soprano and Mezzo Soprano – 6 minutes

  • Fracture for Piano MPC100 and DD7 Delay Pedal – 10 minutes

2014 – 2015

  • Andastan for Duduk, Mezzo-Soprano, Piano and Cello – 9 minutes

  • Three Elegies for Solo Piano – 8 minutes

  • Contradictions for Soprano, Tape, Flute, Viola and Harp – 12 minutes

  • Five Sketches for Wind Quintet- 12 minutes

  • Pray To What Earth for Large Ensemble – 11 minutes

  • I Am The Rose of Sharon for SATB 8 – 9 minutes

2013 – 2014

  • Star in the East SATB also arr. For String Quartet – 6 minutes

  • Incandescence for Solo Cello 6 minutes

  • Magnificat SATB choir – 5 minutes

  • Plorans Plovarit in Nocte SATB choir- 5 – 6 minutes

  • Four Middle Eastern Songs for Soprano and Viola – 15 minutes

  • Pairs for Percussion Quartet – 7 minutes

2012 – 2013

  • Blooming SATB choir 5 minutes

  • Miniature for Viola  4 minutes

  • The Waves SATB choir and String Quartet – 12 minutes

  • Dialogue for for Flute – 4 minutes

  • Fluctus for Solo Piano – 7 minutes

  • Strata Motion for Guitar Quartet – 6 minutes

  • Mimesis for double SATB choir – 7 minutes

  • Benedictus for SATB choir 2012  – 6 minutes

 © 2020 Richard Melkonian. 

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