Steve Richards, cellist, has been praised for his unique ability to make the cello sound like a human voice. An established figure on Southern California stages, Mr. Richards is known for his imaginative and commanding solo and chamber performances. His concerto performances have earned him such accolades as "electrifying", "first rate musician" and "performs with the heart of a lion and the soul of a poet". He started playing cello at the age of 10 in a public school in Atlanta, Georgia. The next year he moved to Philadelphia where he had the great honor to study with both Francis de Pasquale and Orlando Cole.
In 1977, Mr. Richards received his Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University where he studied with Bruno Dicecco and Roger Drinkall. He continued his studies at the University of Southern California with Gabor Rejto and Ron Leonard and held the principal cello position in the USC Orchestra and and was a member of the USC String Quartet. In 1980, he received his Master of Music degree as well as the award for Outstanding String Performer. From 1980-1983, Mr. Richards was principal cellist of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Veracruz and also played solo cello for some of the world's great ballet companies in Mexico City and Guanajuato at the Cervantino Festival.
Following this, Mr. Richards returned to Southern California and continued his orchestral career performing with such groups as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony. He has also been principal cellist of Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific and Long Beach Opera. During this time he also established himself as both a concert artist and a studio recording musician. As a recording musician, Mr. Richards has performed on over 2700 recordings from Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond to Beck and Taylor Swift, as well as more then 1500 movie/TV scores. He currently has the great pleasure to play first for the scores of Michael Giacchino as well as the arrangements of David Campbell.