Richard was born in Norman Oklahoma in November of 1953. He attended the University of Iowa from 1973 to 1976 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in cello performance, studying with Charles Wendt. He then started a Master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1976, in the class of Alan Harris. He graduated in 1978 as the class valedictorian and he received the Ellis Siemon award for the most improved cello student that year. He also attended the Blossom Music Festival during the summers of 1977 and 1978. While at Blossom he studied with Stephen Geber, principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and John Mack, principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra. He also attended the Aspen Music Festival during the summer of 1975, studying cello with Alan Harris and Claus Adam.
In 1978 Richard moved to Columbus Ohio where he started a job as the associate principal cellist of the Columbus Symphony. He formed a string trio with two colleagues from the orchestra in 1985. This trio performed many concerts throughout the central Ohio area for the next 23 years. From 1998 to 2008 Richard was on the faculty of Otterbein College, a small liberal arts school near Columbus.
Since moving to Kansas City in 2008 he was performed often with the Kansas City Symphony as a substitute cellist. He has also worked with many of the area free lance musical groups, such as the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Kansas City Baroque Consortium.
He has taught private lessons in his home for the entire time he has been a professional cellist.
Richard worked at the Beckmann Violin Shop from 2013 to 2015. He helped run the shop as well as doing some of the repair work on string instruments.
He joined the faculty of the Kansas City School of Music in January 2016.
In 1978 Richard married Clare Bockman. They raised a family in Columbus, having three children, David, Megan and Thomas. They now have four grandchildren. They live in the Brookside neighborhood with their two dogs, Poco and Benito.