He is a horn player, author and teacher born in Richmond, Kentucky, who took his studies in music at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and Juilliard School.
In 1985 he was the winner of the American Horn Competition and in 1987 he became a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra where he has most recently been Third Horn and toured Norway as a member of the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet. He was also the Principal Horn with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and performed on their 1987 holiday recording Gloria! Gloria! With Benita Valente and The Philadelphia Singers.
Other orchestras and ensembles he has performed with include the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Cincinnati Symphony, Lexington (Kentucky) Philharmonic and Soloisti New York. More recently he has been on the performer and teacher listing at the 2010 Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg. In 2014 he became the Assistant Principal Horn with the New York Philharmonic.
In the field of musical education he is on the Brass Faculty of Emory University, works at the Brevard Music Center over the summer months and is the author of The Efficient Approach: Accelerated Development for the Horn and a series of 5 instructional videos on eHOw.
The Philadelphia Singers recordings
Adeste Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
RCA 6559-2-RC (Gloria! Gloria!)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn
Here’s Richard talking about his position in the NY Philharmonic….