Originally from Christchurch, Richie graduated with Honours in Jazz performance from the University of Canterbury in 2005. As both an electric and double bass player he has performed with international artists including Josh Groban, Elaine Paige, and Mary Coughlan. He has also worked with many New Zealand artists including Breaks Co-op, Dave Dobbyn, Nadia Reid, and Annie Crummer. A variety of freelance work has seen Richie involved in many performances with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and on many musical productions, most recently The Mikado for the Court Theatre and Phantom of the Opera for Amici Productions. Other recent highlights include Play On at the Pop up Globe, and Rock Divas with Anika Moa, Julia Deans and the Auckland Philharmonia. Alongside his performance
work, Richie is currently a tutor for the Auckland Philharmonia Sistema Aotearoa programme based in
South Auckland, and teaches at schools in and around Auckland.