Ryan Richko is a Hollywood Music and Media Award nominated composer for film and video games. Originally from Chicago, Ryan grew up playing guitar in many different bands. He went on to become a session guitarist after studying guitar performance at Columbia College Chicago. Eventually he wound up in Los Angeles, scoring his first short film on a fluke after failing an acting audition and asking if they needed a composer before he walked out. Ever since, he became addicted to scoring games and films.
"One of the major turning points for me to start scoring games and movies was when I first heard the soundtracks to Final Fantasy XIII and Gladiator. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. Something I've never felt with anything else before in my life. It really spoke to me. So I decided to drop the band thing and put all of my energy into composition."
In October 2016, Ryan was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media award for his score to the mobile game "Memory Match and Catch" (fellow nominees included Hans Zimmer, Brian Tyler, and Jesper Kyd). He is also a winner of 3 Global Music Awards. His first game score "Telepath Tactics" made RPGFan.com's "Music of the Year 2015."
"I've been a gamer since the Nintendo first came out in the 80's. I remember my parents bought me the nintendo system for Christmas when I was around 5 years old. Ever since then I've been addicted. I would even hum all the music constantly throughout the day and annoy my parents. Game music has always fascinated me but for some reason I never thought of actually doing it for a living until much later in my life. I found that the whole process makes a lot of sense to me and comes pretty naturally. I owe it all to years and years of sitting in front of the T.V. and not doing my homework."
In 2012, Ryan produced and wrote the music to the popular yoga dvd series "The Ultimate Yogi," which was later named the best yoga dvd of 2012. During this time he also scored two multiple award winning short films; "Slate," which was accepted into the Cannes Short Film Corner, and earned him a best score award at the Sunset Film Festival Los Angeles, and "Sunset Rising: Chapter 0.5 - The Deliverer," which was released worldwide on IndieFlix and iTunes, and is one of the few short films to get onto iTunes without the help of a major film festival.
Ryan currently is working on a number of film and video game projects with clients from all over the world including Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore, and Europe. He is also a yoga enthusiast and music teacher.