Composer Randy Hathaway was raised in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and born in Yakima, Washington. His music has aired numerous times on radio programs across the US, Canada and the UK as well as concertized in the US, Canada, Sweden and Japan. Within Randy’s compositions, the inherent sceneries of North America speak clearly through his use of tonality, while musical languages of European and Latin origins are respectfully echoed. Editor Jesse Paliotto of The Guitar Journal compared Randy’s compositions to the paintings of Winslow Homer and is quoted, “Like someone who speaks quietly and chooses their words carefully – you can’t help but lean forward and hang on every sentence.”
Classical Guitar has been at the heart of Randy’s compositions where he has paired it with Voice, Flute, Viola and English Horn. However, recent endeavors have included a Choral work (a cappella), String Quartet and Piano solo. Along with composing, Randy has been a performer, arranger, teacher, producer, director of a music school and a charity concert series. He has even enjoyed co-hosting a 2 part radio program focused on some of his favorite 20th century American composers. He is a recipient of a Washington State Arts Commission grant and was awarded a full grant through the Artists Residency Programs at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Randy attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle WA where he holds a BM in performance.
Randy’s love of collaboration is immensely evident on his 2017 album release, Classical Guitar In America, where he recruited 18 musicians for the recording and 10 artists for the album and sheet music covers. In the Spring of 2022, Randy will begin recording a new album as well as attending the premiere of his Choral work Amen performed by The Northwest Firelight Chorale in Seattle.
“...Classical Guitar In America feels like an Opus. With a capitol “O”. An artistic work on a large scale. It’s serious, it’s broad, it's meticulous. And it’s a joy to know that there are artists conducting work with this type of quality and vision.”
— The Guitar Journal - Jesse Paliotto
“I absolutely love the tune "Garden." It has to be one of the most beautiful melodies I've ever heard and the girl's voice is that of an angel.”
— Bill Piburn, Fingerstyle Guitar Journal
“...the album features influences as diverse as chansons Parisiennes and contemporary American symphony. More then anything, Hathaway's compositions strike me as cinematic. Directors looking for a score could do worse than mine this album.”
— Pat Muir, Yakima Herald-Republic