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Lucas Richman (born January 31, 1964) is an American composer and conductor. He has conducted several film score soundtracks, including: As Good as It Gets, Se7en, The Manchurian Candidate, and the Academy Award-nominated The Village. In addition to his recording and film work, Richman has been serving, since 2010, as the music director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Bangor, Maine.

Life and careerEdit

Richman is the son of American actors Peter Mark Richman and Helen (Landess) Richman.[1] He received his master of music degree in conducting from the University of Southern California.[2] Richman earned a Dramalogue Award for conducting Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in 2005.[3]

As conductor, Richman was music director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2015.[4] Richman has resided as current music director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010.[1]

In 2011, Richman and his collaborators received the Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album, with Richman conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the Christopher Tin album Calling All Dawns.[5]

As composer, Richman premiered his work "Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant" with the San Diego Symphony, with poetry by Jack Prelutsky.[6] The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra commissioned Richman to write his "Concerto for Oboe", which premiered in October 2013. The Symphony recorded the work with principal oboist Cynthia DeAlmeida in 2015.[7]

Richman composed and arranged a collection of traditional and original lullabies for children entitled: "Day Is Done".[3]

On March 30, 2019 the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus performed the world premiere of Richman's “Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply” for orchestra and chorus.[8] The work was inspired by the quote: "This will be our reply to violence" by composer Leonard Bernstein.[9]


Year Film Title Role Notes
1992 Mindwarp Conductor
1995 Se7en Conductor (score)
1996 The Twilights of the Golds Opera Music Director
1997 Face/Off Conductor/Orchestrator
1997 Anastasia Conductor (songs)
1997 The Borrowers Orchestrator
1997 As Good as It Gets Music Conductor
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Conductor
2004 The Village Conductor
2008 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Conductor
2009 A Dog Year Conductor
2013 Behind the Candelabra Conductor (score) TV Movie
2017 The Good Place Conductor TV Series


  1. ^ a b Burnham, Emily (June 24, 2010). "Bangor Symphony Announces New Music Director, Conductor". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Richman, Lucas (January 25, 2018). "Notable Conducting Alumni". USC Thornton School of Music. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Sharpe, Roderick. Maestros in America: Conductors in the 21st Century. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 206. ISBN 9780810860223.
  4. ^ Wildsmith, Steve (May 6, 2015). "The Maestro Takes a Bow: Lucas Richman Approaches the End". The Daily Times. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Richman, Lucas (February 13, 2011). "Grammy Award: Calling All Dawns". Grammy Awards. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Popescu, Roxana (November 1, 2009). "Zany Poetry Inspired 'Umprellaphant'". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Kanny, Mark (February 13, 2015). "Pittsburgh Symphony records concerto by former conductor". TRIBLive. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Harold Duckett (April 1, 2019). "Oak Ridge Symphony delivers moving Richman 'Reply'". Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (January 1, 2018). "Music Will Be Our Reply". Retrieved June 18, 2018.

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