KATYA RICHARDSON is a composer and producer based in Los Angeles, most recognized for her innovative use of vocal textures and looping motifs. Her interdisciplinary work spans across several fields; from composing for orchestra and film, to collaborations in dance and pop, her distinct sound flourishes in her affinity for experimentation and improvisation.


As a Trustee Scholar, she recently graduated with a B.M. in Composition and a minor in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California, studying with Pulitzer Prize-finalist Ted Hearne and BAFTA-winning game composer, Garry Schyman.

She has worked at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions; as a studio assistant for Danny Elfman on The Grinch (2018), where she arranged songs for Tyler the Creator; and for TV-composer Craig Wedren on Fresh Off the Boat and Netflix's reboot of Wet Hot American Summer.

At the age of 15, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed her orchestral work at Walt Disney Concert Hall. At 18, her "Fanfare for Orchestra" premiered at the Hollywood Bowl 2016 Opening Night Steely Dan concert, which BillBoard reviewed to be an "impressive composition."

Katya's recent scores include a documentary short, Goh Ballet (2018), Toronto Female Eye Film Festival select, Before Petrichor (2018), and Cannes Short Film Corner, Céline (2017). She has also produced music for animated YouTube series, commercials, and her synth-pop duo, LightHouse.

One of Katya's most significant collaborations has been composing for dance. Her work, Piggy in the Middle, recently premiered at the Royal Opera House in London. For 2019, she has two upcoming projects with Ballet Cymru and the Norwegian National Ballet, and an experimental dance film about climate change, in partnership with KO Productions (UK).


© 2019 Katya Richardson