Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to an American father and Brazilian mother, Richard Miller has maintained a busy performance schedule with concerts that explore his Brazilian choro roots, American Jazz roots, and his classical guitar training. Recent credits include: a special performance for Pope Francis; a White House performance for President Obama; music director for the Kennedy Center’s production of Olivério, A Brazilian Twist, a residency at Club Bonafide in New York City. He has relocated to Southern California to be musical director of Olivério for the west coast premiere in Los Angeles.
Richard has taught guitar for Music On The Inside (MOTI) at Queensboro and Edgecombe Correctional Facility in New York, where he also taught music theory and ear training at Columbia University and was the Director of Education Programs for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) for four years. He is currently developing the curriculum for both MOTI and ALJA for publication. Lambert Publishing recently published his book, “The Guitar in the Brazilian Choro.”
A long-time practitioner of yoga and surfing, Richard created the Balanced Guitar retreat, a guitar, yoga, surfing retreat takes place twice a year in Costa Rica (www.balancedguitar.com).