Richard studied baroque timpani at the Hochschule for Musik in Munich, Germany. His primary teacher was Peter Sadlo. He has also had coachings with Reiner Seegers, principle timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic. His studies on the hackbrett-cimbalom took place at the Richard-Strauss-Konservatorium, also in Munich, at the studio of Birgit Stolzenburg. Richard performs and records regularly with the Aradia Baroque Ensemble, which he is principle timpanist of, in Toronto, Canada. To date he has recorded five cds with that group on the Naxos label. He has also performed with Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier and the Bach Consort, also based out of Toronto. He has recorded with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, both on disk and on air, with both Tafelmusik and Aradia.

Recent festival credits include: Grand River Baroque Festival

Recent releases include: Opera Atelier's 'Persee' on the Euro Arts label for DVD. Aradia Ensemble's 'The Symphonies of William Boyce', for the Naxos label. This release has won an Editor's Choice award for Grammaphone Magazine with the recommendation to the 2005 Grammy Awards.