A graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, Rik studied with international classical guitarists Craig Ogden and Simon Dinnigan and composers Andrew Downes and John Mayor.
He performs for both events and the concert stage and is well known for being a truly versatile musician and multi-instrumentalist. Along with classical guitar, Rik is also a top acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, a soulful electric pop/rock/blues guitarist a keen ukulele player, a 5 string banjo player, a blues/jazz pianist and a bass guitarist.
Rik has 30 years instrumental teaching experience and he has also worked in other areas of education, including as a secondary school classroom music teacher and as a language teacher overseas for the British Council.
He is an active composer with a string of international radio, TV and online credits to his name for his music in advertisements, documentaries and information films.
In his solo concert performances, he combines both classical and cross-over repertoire covering a whole range of styles from baroque to blues, classical, Spanish, jazz, folk, world music and popular. He also features a number of his own compositions. In recent years, he has added banjo and ukulele to some of his concerts.
A former 'Young Musician of the Year' contestant, Rik has performed across the country and overseas, and he is one of the few British musicians to have been invited to perform in Belarus where he played in Rechitsa in 2010.