Richard Harris studied music at Edinburgh University, where he won the Faculty First in Year prize in 1987, 1988 and 1989. In 1990 his piece Darkness and Colour won the Donald Tovey award for composition and was performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He graduated in the same year with a first class honours degree.
From 1989 to 2002 Richard was a member of the internationally acclaimed six-piano ensemble Piano Circus, which he co-founded and with whom he performed concerts all over the world. His compositions for the ensemble feature on the Decca CD Loopholes and in full on the group's most recent CD Landscapes of the Heart. Richard’s piece Hexada was featured on the BBC2 programme The Score. In 1999 his arrangement of Terry Riley's Keyboard Study No.2 was chosen by Pete Townshend as the supporting music for Townshend's 'Lifehouse' concert at Sadler's Wells. He also composed the music for the London Planetarium show 'Warriors', which ran from 2004 to 2006.
In 2005 Richard created an award-winning website, www.rfkharris.com allowing users to request personalised sheet music in the form of bespoke arrangements and transcriptions. The site has featured on BBC Radio 4 and in many newspapers and magazines, including The Daily Telegraph and Classical Music Magazine.
Richard now has over 30 publications to his name, featuring arrangements ranging from jazz to pop and blues to soul. Richard also performs in a duo called The Director's Cut, which specializes in playing classic film and television themes, and in the jazz duo Mood Indigo.