Principal harpist of the WSO since 1977, Richard began his musical studies under the guidance of his father, a violinist with the Chicago Symphony. He was principal harpist with the Civic orchestra in Chicago while studying with Alberto Salvi and Edward Druzinsky. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Upon graduating he was immediately appointed to the position he currently holds with the WSO. In addition, he has performed with the Lyric Opera of Philadelphia, Baltimore Symphony, and Chicago Symphony. As well, he has appeared as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, CBC Winnipeg Orchestra and at the Banff Festival. He has been featured on CBC TV and Radio.
In addition to his performance accomplishments, he is recognized internationally for his innovations in harp regulation and adjustment. Along with his musical responsibilities Richard has been the chairman of the WSO Members Association for many years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the WSO.