Stephanie Richards is an avant-garde trumpeter and composer who has become a prominent voice in the New York experimental scene, collaborating with improvisational pioneers including Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, and Anthony Braxton. As a performer, she has premiered works throughout North America and Europe, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Jazz Club, and Lincoln Center. She is a founding member of the Asphalt Orchestra and the collective Bang on a Can, where she has worked with David Byrne, St. Vincent, Susan Marshall, and Tyondai Braxton, and has performed alongside The Pixies, Kanye West, A-Trak, and Common. Richards holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, McGill University, and the California Institute of the Arts. She has held a residency at Stanford University, and is currently on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego In 2016, Richards served as an LOI panelist in Performance.