Richard has composed music for a wide range of chamber and jazz ensembles, choral groups, acoustic solo instrument (guitar, violoncello, woodwinds, marimba). His music synergizes Brazilian, jazz, classical and other idioms, dissolving conventional stylistic barriers to arrive at fresh contemporary forms. 

His commissions include works for the following ensembles:

La Catrina String Quartet, PUBLIQuartet String Quartet,       Berklee World String Orchestra, Atlantic Brass Quintet,       Queens College Vocal Ensemble, Modern Mandolin Quartet,     Lamont Saxophone Quartet, Morningside Chamber Ensemble, Joe Carter Duo

The composition section of the site is intended to stimulate interest among:

• commissioning ensembles, soloists, educators, presenters and other collaborators
• professional composer competitions, calls for scores, performances, readings

Richard is a composer member of Chamber Music America, American Composers Forum and the Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA).

To access the different types of works including recordings, visit these composition subpages:

Chamber music
Choral Music

Brazilian Jazz
Guitar & Solo instruments

Scores for most pieces are available for sale in spiral-bound hard copy. These will include first-time collections dedicated to specific styles and instrumentations. Parts (ex. for Chamber music) are included FREE with score purchases.  

For more details, go to STORE.

View Richard's listing on the Latin American Composer Database.

Richard also teaches private lessons for aspiring composers, including guitarists.


Composer Commentaries

"Boukas is an absolutely amazing man of music- as a composer, a world-class performer and teacher of contemporary Brazilian music. He has completely absorbed this tradition, melding it with contemporary classical idioms to compose major works in a wholly new and different style. He is poised to receive major international commissions for new works."

Bruce Saylor
composer, faculty, Queens College Copland School of Music

"Richard Boukas is indeed a special and individual musician. He plays, writes and feels his music with a unique passion. It might just be because he seems to understand and take joy in that his own is the fruit of so many musics- of which he understands and loves so well. His work is vibrant- full of craft and full of life."

George Tsontakis
composer, faculty, Bard College Conservatory of Music

"Richard Boukas' work as a composer and arranger is impressive! He writes with the broad experience of someone who has Brazil in his blood, with great naturalness and expertise. Beyond his own compositions, his work with the music of Pixinguinha is of fundamental importance, shown through the care and adeptness with which it is crafted."

Pedro Aragão
Professor, Instituto Villa Lobos, UNIRIO
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil