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Toronto-born composer Mark Richards completed a Bachelor of Music in Composition at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in Toronto in 2002, studying with Samuel Dolin and Alexander Rapoport. Richards also holds a Master’s in Music Theory from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in the same discipline there. An accomplished pianist, Richards also holds ARCT diplomas from the RCM in both piano performance and piano teaching.

In 2004, Richards began writing both the music and libretto of his full-length opera Hamlet, adapted from Shakespeare’s play, and worked assiduously during his summer breaks from university until completing both a piano and chamber orchestra version in 2008. Over the course of its composition, he has had numerous excerpts performed in Toronto and Stratford, and in 2008, the orchestral version received a workshop and public concert reading at Stratford Summer Music. The piano version of the opera was given a staged workshop in 2009 by Tryptych Vocal Arts in Toronto as part of their 10th anniversary festivities.

In addition to his activities as a composer and graduate student, Richards served as music director of the Inga Jarrett Memorial Concert in Toronto from 2006-2010 and is employed by RCM Examinations as an editor, setter, and examiner of their senior theory exams. Richards also continues to be active as an instructor of piano and music theory at his private studio.

Updated February 2011