Richard has accompanied Joel Grey, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Diahann Carroll, Wesla (Weslia) Whitfield, Janet Baker, Seiji Ozawa, Pinchas Zuckerman, Clark "Mumbles" Terry, and John Dalley of the Guarneri Quartet. He was the Assistant Conductor for the Broadway National Tour of "Annie" from 1981 to 1982. He frequently plays with the "Skywalker" Symphony (as they call it), for major motion picture soundtracks and major video game productions such as Disney K'nex, and StarCraft. He has also played with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and The Lamplighters. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and his Master of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Yale University School of Music in New Haven, Connecticut.