Jared Richardson is a composer and pianist from Victoria, BC, and graduate of Berklee College of Music (2016). He creates music across multiple genres including orchestral, pop, electronic, jazz, and film scores. Many of his compositions have been performed by the Victoria Symphony, including two performances at Symphony Splash (annual outdoor concert with attendance of 50,000): Winds of Kananaskis (2011) and Duel of Champions (2013). Two of Jared’s works have been recorded by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has also written several pieces for wind band, including Solstice Parade (2015) and Spirit of the True North (2017), which he has premiered as a guest conductor with the Meridiem Wind Orchestra (Victoria, BC).
Jared has worked alongside composer Tim Williams (Los Angeles), as an orchestrator and score technical engineer on the Academy Award-winning film Get Out (Universal Pictures - 2017) as well as contributing orchestrations to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios - 2017). Jared had his first international premiere with the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria) in June 2017, guest conducting his composition Dancing in the Clouds (2017). In January 2019, he recorded an excerpt from his piece Duel of Champions with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at Warner Bros. Studios, as part of the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive (a workshop led by legendary orchestrators Conrad Pope and William Ross).
Jared also writes and produces electronic pop music, under the stage name J.D. Rich. In this genre, he strives to create music with a timeless quality, drawing on influences of both modern dance/pop music as well as classic bands of the 1970s/80s, blending live instrumentation with electronic sounds. As J.D. Rich, he released his first official single and music video, “Boomerang”, in November 2018.
Jared finds musical inspiration in nature: many ideas arrive while hiking amid the dramatic scenery of the West Coast, and he often writes entire pieces during outdoor explorations. Across all genres, the primary focus of his writing is melody - which he considers the most fundamental aspect of music. Jared's mission is to create music that is appealing to a wide audience, yet uncompromised in artistic integrity.
"Jared Richardson is a complete musician – composer, arranger, performer – whose skills are tempered with extraordinary creativity, persistence, discipline and passion. Most of all, Jared's music bares his unique signature, his distinctive style – his brand. That is the mark of a true artist."
– Peter McCoppin
former music director, Victoria Symphony
"Jared's versatility and skill between the pop and classical worlds afford him a unique advantage in his approach to composition. Equipped with an undeniable natural talent and strong training and professional experiences, Jared would be a great addition to any project looking for a composer of his talents."
– Angel Velez
founder, LA Film Conducting Intensive