B i o g r a p h y
Born in 1978, Jason Rico is an American composer of instrumental, vocal, and stage music with a particular interest in chamber music. He has created a body of work in multiple genres including symphonic, wind ensemble, choral, art song, chamber music, and opera. Jason also performs on piano, viola, saxophone, and horn as well as a vocalist.
Jason studied composition and theory at Butler University and composition with Andrey Kasparov and Adolphus Hailstork at Old Dominion University with a concentration in vocal and choral composition.
While attending Old Dominion, he held the principal horn position in the Wind Ensemble, the principal viola position in the University Symphony, and was a joint winner of the Old Dominion University Concerto Competition resulting in a performance of Shadowcatcher – a Concerto for Brass Quintet and Wind Ensemble by Eric Ewazen with the Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble. He also was a section leader in the University Choir with whom he performed Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore at Carnegie Hall.
His compositional style has been praised for its complex and truly American style. His ability to pair the musical line with text was highlighted in his work This Land of Heroes for chorus, assorted instruments, and electronics for which he was awarded the Old Dominion University Honors' Grant. While at Old Dominion he was an Ellis Scholar, Thompson Scholar, and a Norfolk Foundation Diehn Scholar.
His musical, Escape from the Haltsburg Boys' Choir was performed in Chicago in 2011, and in 2016 his second opera based on the life and crimes of Leonarda Cianciulli was completed. He is currently working on the libretto and music for an opera based on Olympic events.
Jason currently lives in Chicago, Illinois where he performed with the DePaul University Concert Choir, Symphonic Choir, and Chamber Choir, and was a DePaul University Grant recipient. He performed in Chicago's Orchestra Hall with the DePaul Symphonic Choir in Brahms' Shicksaslied, and most recently in the new Holtschneider Performance Center in Orff's Carmina Burana and the University's Opera Gala. He is now working on remote collaboration in chamber music performing on saxophone, viola, and piano.