Richard’s arrangements, compositions and transcriptions have expanded the chamber orchestra repertoire and been performed throughout the world. He curated and co-composed the scores for the ACO’s documentary films Musica Surfica, The Glide, The Reef, and The Crowd & I, and co-composed the scores for Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Tom Carroll’s film Storm Surfers. Richard collaborated with director Jennifer Peedom and Stranger Than Fiction to create the award-winning films Mountain and River, the former of which went on to become the highest-grossing homegrown documentary in Australian cinemas and the latter which won Best Soundtrack at the ARIA, AACTA and APRA awards.
Richard is the recipient of six ARIA awards, including three consecutive wins for his recordings of Bach’s violin works. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010, holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999. In 2017 was awarded the JC Williamson Award for longstanding service to the live performance industry.