Let's not pretend here...

Richard was born and raised in the Lower Rhineland to English-speaking parents. At eight, he started piano lessons with the obscure Schenkerian and Eduard Erdmann pupil Karl-Otto Plum, and had some success in various piano competitions as a teenager. He started composing at the age of nine, and won a Jugend komponiert prize for a flute sonata in 1995.

From 1997 to 2000, he read Music at King's College, Cambridge, where he studied free composition with Robin Holloway. After failing to produce any compositions or academic writing that felt right, he abandoned all plans of a career in music. However, he soon started a rock band with friends, and, over the next few years, co-wrote and recorded two forgivably pretentious studio albums.

During that time, he worked in TV post-production before training as a language teacher in London, subsequently teaching adults with learning difficulties, introductory courses in woodwork and computing, as well as countless students of all ages one-to-one in performance and composition. After becoming a father in 2009, he decided to return to composition. His music supposedly attempts, among other things, to immanently critique the vernaculars of the culture industry through decadent bourgeois techniques. In 2017, he enrolled at Bristol University as a research student in musical composition under John Pickard. In 2018, he won a Renée B. Fisher Composer Award for his Folk Rhapsody for piano.

He lives in Wells, Somerset, where he volunteers extensively as a cycle path campaigner and conservationist. His email address is rtjonesmusic@gmail.com.