Ric Mills is a British-born award-winning composer and pianist, currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Acclaimed for both his music for television and film as well as his own solo piano works, he is one of contemporary classical music's most versatile and sensitive talents.
Having gained two degrees in Music Composition for Film & TV in the UK, Ric quickly sought to expand his skills by training at both Sony Studios and the legendary Abbey Road Studios, underscoring his appreciation for every aspect of composing for different media. Spending time learning his craft with celebrated film composer and conductor, Nick Ingman (Shakespeare In Love; Billy Elliot; Captain Corelli's Mandolin; Neverland, as well as being one of the composers during the golden age of library music for De Wolfe Music), he continued his composition supervision at The London College of Music with the renowned Dr Laurence Roman (orchestrator of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats; Evita and Phantom Of The Opera).
Whilst working on his early compositions and arrangements, Ric spent five years as a voice-over artist and continuity announcer, his voice being heard introducing some of British television's most iconic shows, including Channel Four's Big Breakfast (the last-ever episode, no less!), The Sopranos, Sex In The City, E.R. and of course, Big Brother. However, it was his acclaimed composition work for film and television which saw him attract the attention of some of the industry's biggest names: he has worked with trailer music giants such as Universal Australia and Universal UK; Colossal Trailer Music Los Angeles and more recently BMG (Beyond), Sound Pocket and Warner/Chappell UK.
Ric's prolific output as a composer of music for television has seen his music being heard by millions around the world his music being featured on the likes of The One Show; Horizon; E4’s promo for Marvel’s Agents of Shield; The Bachelor and current TV phenomenon, Freakshow. His adaptability and understanding of the medium have seen his work used by major channels in the UK, Australia and beyond, including the BBC, Channel Four, E4, Channel 5, AMC, Channel 9 and MTV.
Ric has also scored for feature films, short films, library music and concert music and has achieved significant success since his arrival in Australia; his classical works for choir, organ, piano, sax are published by Wirripang Music and have featured on ABC, Classic FM and around the globe. His contributions to the music world have not gone unnoticed and the industry has been quick to recognise his efforts.
In 2011-2012, Ric won two awards at the 48 Hour Film Festival held that year in Sydney, an international competition which gives production teams just 48 hours to completely create a short film, from inception to completion. Adjudicated by film directing royalty, Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy; Crimes of the Heart; Breaker Morant), Ric won the prize for both Best Musical Score and Best Sound Design…not to mention catching the ear of Beresford who has since earmarked Ric for future film collaborations. In late 2017 he was nominated for his contributions to the industry at The Production Music Awards held in London.
In 2018 Ric released his debut solo album: 'Found', his first opportunity to work without any parameters. Featuring himself on piano and backed with a string quartet, he retained a filmic quality to his work which left it open to multiple interpretations, yet was still able to make his compositions personal, with the delicacy and precision of Ludovico Einaudi and Michael Nyman, yet the emotion and potency of John Barry.
In 2019, Ric Mills released Profoundly Piano – A Personal Sketchbook, an album which offers the clearest vision yet at a composer at the peak of his powers. Profoundly Piano is pure, unfettered Ric: moving and intriguing, this is music at its most intimate, emotions and feelings revealed with unusual candour and the listener invited on a journey which is, by turn, devastating and uplifting.
From the plaintive opening notes of the reassuring yet reflective “Sarà Valsa la Pena” to the sparse yet poignant “Presente”, 'Profoundly Piano' is not an album which demands you follow a dictated narrative path but one which asks the listener to close their eyes and paint their own pictures. The journey you find yourself on may shift with each listen but at each stage you will ask questions of yourself as well as the music. The dynamic between silence and Ric’s cultured zephyrs of melody reflect the shifting of human emotions, from joy to harmony to frustration.
As Ric notes:
“We don’t always do things perfectly and these sketchbooks of original compositions encapsulate that. They are well-meaning ideas that have grown for better or worse into something far different to what was expected”.
Tracks from 'Profoundly Piano' continue to receive regular plays on the UK's groundbreaking new radio station, Scala Radio.