Richard Oscar Burdick was born in Berkeley California. His father Rev. Oscar Burdick worked as a librarian for Pacific School of Religion and still plays organ for Arlington Community Church, the Seventh Day Baptist Church and Pacific School of Religion.
Richard Grew up in El Cerrito California, attending El Cerrito High School from 1975 to 1978. He was then a composition major at California State University @ Hayward from 1978-1981, where he studied with Robert Basart and Glen Glasow.
From 1981 to 1984 He presented over 20 concerts creating the “Circle Concert” concert series. A number of his early compositions premiered on that series including Richard’s First Chamber Symphony. He also presented a few other groups such as a harpsichord recital by Jean Nandi (the daughter of Alan Hovhaness), a Celtic music ensemble and The Kings Trumpets and Shawms. A free publication: “Circle Magazine” with music writings and art, was given out at those concerts.
Mr. Burdick Managed Trinity Chamber Concerts a chamber music series in Berkeley, from 1984-2003 producing over 400 concerts during his tenure. At least 30 of his compositions premiered on the Trinity Chamber Concert series.
He worked full-time as fourth Horn of Sacramento Symphony from 1990-1996 for whom he wrote a few arrangements.
In 1996 & 7 he again established the non-profit corporation “Circle Concerts” where he helped to present almost 70 concerts in communities around Northern California. Under this series he performed solo concerts in Chico, Davis, Napa, Sacramento, and more.
He has been principal horn of Regina Symphony Orchestra in Regina, Saskatchewan since 2003.
Richard Burdick wrote a number of compositions in the 1970's in an experimental graphic form greatly influenced by the Dutch composer Ton Brynel. Starting in the early 1980's Richard has been working on compositions mostly based on the 64 scales inspired by the the I Ching which he has developed. Like the scales of Northern India, the trigrams (each of three lines suggesting half and wholes steps) are separated by a perfect fifth. His first version of these scales did not have the separation of the fifth. The third (and current) version of his scales keeps the fifth separation, but is overlaid upon the harmonic series, so each scale has its own key based on the harmonics from 64 to 128. These current scales could be categorized as “microtonal” but in reality they are equal-non-tempered scales.
He is a Composer member of the Canadian Music Center
As a horn soloist Richard has performed concerti with: Berkeley Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, Kensington Symphony , Oakland Philharmonic, Oakland Municipal Band, American River College Band, Bay Area Concerto Collective. Orchestra De Caccia in San Francisco, Regina Symphony Orchestra & the Cosbey Friends Orchestra.
Cal State University in Hayward, Circle Concerts, City of Berkeley California, City of Davis California, Coffee Mill in Oakland, Conservatory of Music Regina, Covell Gardens In Davis, Davis Arts Center, First Christian Church in Oakland, First Unitarian Church of Berkeley, Martinez Music Forum, Ohlone College in Hayward, Old First Concert San Francisco , Palo Alto Performances , Pence Gallery in Davis, Rossmore California, Quincy California, San Francisco State University, Shared Visions, St. Mary’s Cathedral San Francisco. Trinity Chamber Concerts , Unitarian Church of Davis, University of Regina Faculty Concert(s), Westlake Christian Terrace in Oakland and more.
Premiered (in Concert or premiere recording) horn solo or chamber music by:
"Elaine L. Bearer", Aaron Blumenfeld, L. F. Dauprat, Ken Durling, Victor Herbert, Jon Ward, John Webber, and others