Alongside his professional achievements as a performing and recording artist, ensemble leader, composer of Brazilian jazz, chamber and choral music, Richard has been a celebrated university and guest educator, author and journalist for more than forty years. During that time he has cultivated long-term relationships with music institutions as a regular faculty member and through numerous guest artist residencies. His work as an educator and mentor to aspiring musicians is a lifelong calling and vital component of his artistic mission.

A core faculty member at New York City's New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Program since 1995, he has taught a broad scope of curricula:

• Brazilian Jazz Ensemble and Brazilian Choro Ensemble (founder-arranger) 

• Jazz Improvisation and Composer-based Ensembles

• Ear Training

• Guitar Sightreading and Guitar Ensemble

• Choral Musicianship (Renaissance repertoire)

• Private lessons guitar, voice, composition/arranging, Brazilian music, ear training

In 2010 he received the prestigious New School University Distinguished Teaching Award. Richard is former faculty at Mannes (1989-95) and William Paterson University, New Jersey.

Throughout academic year 2013-14, Richard was a special guest artist-educator for Queens College Year of Brazil. At Aaron Copland School of Music he presented numerous performances, lectures and collaborated with composition, instrumental, vocal and choral music faculty.

Apart from teaching at New School University and guest artist residencies, Richard maintains a robust private teaching studio in New York City.

Artist Residencies

Diálogos Duo Residencies

Educator Testimonials

Topics for Clinics and Lectures

Private Study


BOUKAS YouTube Channel

BIO em português (PDF)



Hudson Jazzworks Composer Series

New York Guitar Seminar

Mannes Diálogos Duo

Music of Hermeto Pascoal

Música em Debate (IFPE)



Hudson Jazzworks Composer Series

Music of Hermeto Pascoal

NY Guitar Seminar: Samba Percussion