Richard Hair (b.1983, Edinburgh) graduated from The University of Newcastle (Australia) with a Master of Creative Arts (Composition) degree in 2009. He attained his B.Mus (Hon I) in 2004, for which he was also awarded the Faculty Medal.
During his time as an undergraduate student he was recipient of the 2002 Music Festival Composition Prize and the 2003 Music Lover’s Club Prize for Composition. In 2005 he was named 2MBS-FM/Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composer of the Year, in 2008 received the Fellowship of Australian Composers encouragement award and in 2009 was recipient of the APRA encouragement award.
Richard is passionate about cinema and the vital role music plays in film. Between 2006 and 2009 he was responsible for the assemblage and presentation of the film music elective course which ran at the University of Newcastle as a part of the B.Mus degree. At this institution Richard has also been engaged as an examiner of undergraduate composition portfolios, conducted the harmony and aural bridging course, and presented film music and composition seminars to area high school students. He feels a particular affinity with the work of film composers Alberto Iglesias, Jerry Goldsmith, Elliot Goldenthal, David Shire, Bernard Herrmann, Alexandre Desplat and Gabriel Yared.
A bleeding heart who is determined to one day have his own mortgage, he is currently completing a Bachelor of Social Work degree.