Rick is an extremely versatile conductor having come to conducting from a background as a concert classical guitarist via a brief but significant flirtation as an operatic baritone.
Following his time in Perth and London studying classical guitar, Rick returned to Perth to study as a conducting major for his BMus at the WA Conservatorium of Music (WAAPA) before moving to Melbourne to seek out performance opportunities.
His training continued through the Symphony Australia Young Conductor programme where for five years he studied intensively with renowned conducting teachers Gustav Meier (Switzerland/USA), Noam Sherif (Israel), Vernon Handley (UK) and Johannes Fritsch (Germany/Australia) with the WA Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Queensland SO, Adelaide SO and the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra. Rick has conducted extensively in Australia with ensembles including Melbourne Opera, The Sydney Youth Orchestra, Zelman Symphony, Melbourne Sinfonia, Stonnington Symphony amongst others.
Since 2009, Rick has been a sessional lecturer in conducting and conductor of the 200 plus choir for the Faculty of the VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, where he continues his advocacy for thorough training of young conductors in orchestral, choral and operatic repertoire and techniques. In 2014, following the passing of revered conductor and conducting teacher John Hopkins the previous year, Rick was honoured to be invited to continue the very successful and popular Honours conducting course instigated by Hopkins.
Rick has an extensive orchestral, operatic and choral repertoire ranging from baroque through to contemporary works and he has a particular interest in adapting historical techniques and performance practice to the contemporary orchestra.
Rick formed the highly successful 170 voice Melbourne Bach Choir in 2006, and in 2018 was appointed as Zelman Symphony’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor.