Richard Melkonian


YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2018 - 2019Composer
Old Vic 12
Sarah Myott-Meadows, Audrey Sheffield, Miranda Cromwell,
The Old Vic Theatre Company
Old Vic
No Villain
Sean Turner
Sean Turner
2013Producer Arranger
The HunterBig Sixes Band
LemonadeLemonade Film
2013Musical Director
Suffering in SirensVertical Line Theater
2013Musical Director
The Canterville GhostLazy Dog Theatre Company
  • Education

    2019Opera Makeing MAGuildhall School of Music and Drama
    2017CompositionGuildhall School of Music and Drama

    Additional Skills

    Music Directing, Composing, Arranging, Teaching, Sound Design,


    Sean Turner (Director) Steph Shepherd (Director) Mather Fuller (Film Director)

    Industry Awards

    Old Vic 12, Mary Ryan Award, AGBU Prize

    About me

    Richard Melkonian is an award-winning London based Armenian-British composer who works across concert music, opera, theatre, film and performance art. He is currently one of the Old Vic 12 and a Guildhall Opera Maker in Association with the Royal Opera House. His music investigates his dual heritage, blending the rich Armenian folk and liturgical tradition with a contemporary and British sensibility. Having studied filmmaking for two years at NFTS, Richard is also a Director-Composer. In 2017, his first film November, starring Andre Flynn, was nominated for best experimental short at Blow Up ArtHouse Festival, Chicago.

    In 2017, his commission by Mahogany Group to write new operatic work, The Finding, with libretto by Zoe Palmer was performed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. In 2015, he won the Mary Ryan Award for composition and was also a finalist for the AGBU Sayat Nova Competition where his piece Andastan (Անտասդան) was performed at Symphony Space, New York.

    He has written scores for several films including 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.

    For theatre, he composed original music for the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s No Villain at Trafalgar Studios in 2016, directed by Sean Turner. He has collaborated with Arab writers Ahmed Masoud as well as Sevan K. Greene on several plays including Nahda, part of Shubbak festival for contemporary Arab arts and literature. As a performance artist, he has performed at the Chalton Gallery and for London’s Art Night at Arnold Circus.

    Richard also works as a music producer and has collaborated with breakthrough artist Jordan Rakei on their duo project Kwalia with their first EP Pursuit soaring to the top of Spotify’s New Releases chart and playlists.

    His undergraduate degree in Classical Composition at the Guildhall was made possible by the Guildhall Scholarship Trust. Alongside composition, Richard also studied Jazz Piano with Barry Green.

  • Skills

    Organisation Memberships
    • Musicians Union (UK)
    Years in industry
    • 3 to 6 years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Cross Cultural Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Ballet
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • New Writing
    • Opera
    • Shakespeare
    • Showcase
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard

    Professional Recommendations

    Sean Turner Director

    Richard is highly intelligent, endlessly creative and a genuine pleasure to have in the rehearsal room. I would wholeheartedly recommend Richard as a composer, musical director and as a musician.