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 regularly for both events and the concert stage, and is well known for being a truly versatile musician. Whilst classical guitar is his main focus, Rik is also a top acoustic fingerstyle player, a soulful electric pop/rock/blues player, a blues/jazz pianist, a bass guitarist, a keen ukulele player and finally, a country pickin' tenor banjo player.
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.
As a guitarist, his versatility means he can skip between genres, styles, techniques, and moods flawlessly, as demonstrated on his 2015 album 'Worlds of the Guitar'.
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.
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, in 2010.
In addition to performing, Rik runs his own Music School in Cheshire.