Richard O. Burdick (b. 1961) is the principal French hornist of Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is a prolific composer.
A native of El Cerrito, California, he moved to Canada in 2003. In the 1980’s Richard was first Horn of Napa Symphony, a member of a Lamplighters Orchestra in San Francisco and manager of Trinity Chamber Concerts, a chamber music series in Berkeley California, which he managed for 19 years. Starting in 1990 he played fourth Horn full-time for Sacramento Symphony, which went bankrupt in 1996. He then won auditions for Fresno Philharmonic, Napa & North State Symphonies and played in Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera before he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan.
Mr. Burdick is a prolific composer of chamber and orchestral music. and has many self produced CD’s of his own compositions, Bach, his classical natural horn playing and multi-track performances of many of his favorite pieces. His variety of works fall into the categories of: avant-garde, expressionist, minimalistic, microtonal, modernist, neo-classical, and new-age-meditation styles. He has written many compositions for live musicians with video and frequently uses the I Ching as a structural foundation to his music. His works are very creative, but often have forms and structures that Bach used. Mr. Burdick began composing in 1975 and has had premieres of more than 150 of his over 250 compositions.