attended the University
of Nebraska and
received his Bachelor of Music in Education in 1978. His teachers included George Berry,
Gary Echols, and William Winstead.
graduation, he became a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and was with
them for a decade before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1989.
1995, he made his solo debut with the BSO when he performed Carl Maria von
Weber’s “Bassoon Concerto”.
offered up Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 6” (“Pastorale”) and Igor Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps (The
Rite of Spring) in October 2002.
October 2007, Richard delivered the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s “Concerto for Bassoon”
with the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Yoichi Udagawa.
He gave a
master class and recital at Emory
University as part of
Bassoon Day on 3rd January 2009.
In April 2009,
the BSO interpreted Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto”, with
soloist Isabelle Faust, and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4”.
horn player Eli Epstein, oboist John Ferrillo,
pianist Pei-Shan Lee and clarinetist Thomas Martin performed Beethoven’s
“Quintet for Piano and Winds, Op. 16” at Jordan Hall on 4th
October 2010, he and John and clarinetist William H. Hudgins were back at
Jordan Hall for the premiere of Andre Previn’s
“Octet for Eleven”.
He and his daughter
Erin Svoboda gave the world premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s
“Double Concerto for Bassoon and Clarinet” at the MSO’s Winter Concert on 5th March
April 2011, Richard took part in a Gunther Schuller Tribute at the New England Conservatory of
The BSO and Tanglewood Festival Chorus performed Johann Sebastian
Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 245, at Symphony Hall on 12th April
June 2011, Richard and clarinetist Franklin Cohen, horn player Gregory Hustis and oboist Allan Vogel played Antonin Dvorak’s “Wind Serenade in D minor,
Op. 44” at the Sarasota Music Festival.
Symphony Chamber Players presented an all-Czech program that consisted of
Dvorak’s “Quintet in G, Op. 77”, Leos Janacek’s “Mladi” and Bohuslav Martinu’s “Sextet for Piano and Winds”
at Jordan Hall on 16th October 2011.
January 2012, they returned to Jordan Hall for an afternoon of
serenades: “Serenade in
D, Op. 25” by Beethoven, “Serenade No. 1, Op.
11” by Johannes Brahms, and “Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388”
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
up Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Hommage a T.S. Eliot”, Anatoly Liadov’s “Eight Russian Folksongs”,
Stravinsky’s “Pastorale” and
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade
for Strings, Op. 48” on 25th March 2012.
which Richard appears include Michael
From the Institutes of Groove, the soundtracks of Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List, and Schumann/Poulenc/Ibert/Loeffler/Mozart
with Alfred Genovese and Peter Serkin.
In the field
of music education, he has taught at the Glickman-Popkin
Bassoon Camp, the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar, the New England
Conservatory of Music, the Northeast Conservatory of Music, the Sarasota
Music Festival, the Symphony School of America, and Tanglewood Music Center.
He also published
a music instruction book entitled Daily
Scale Exercises for Bassoon.