Brad Richter was born in Enid, Oklahoma where he enjoyed lots of time outdoors, developing a love for music as he grew up. He bought his first guitar at age 12 with money he earned mowing lawns and earnestly began teaching himself to play by learning from friends and writing his songs. He soon gained some proficiency. At 16, Brad's mother took him to a classical guitar concert for the first time and it changed his life. He immediately began learning what repertoire he could from recordings (he did not read music at the time) and developed a small concert program. At 18, Brad took some lessons, learned to read music, and auditioned for the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He was offered their Presidential Scholarship and began studying composition and guitar performance formally. After graduation, he accepted a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London where he won two international performance competitions while earning his Master's degree. Since completing his formal education, Brad has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and with duo partners such as cellist David Finckel of the Emerson String Quartet. In 1999, he won the National Finger-Picking Championship after placing second the previous year. He also won the 2004 International Composer's Guild Competition after having placed second in 2002. While at home in Tucson, Arizona, Brad teaches at the University of Arizona. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Kerstin, and his son, Noah as well as hiking, running, biking, and playing his guitar in the surrounding mountains and deserts that have been an inspiration for much of his music. His critically acclaimed new CD, A Whisper in the Desert, is now available from Acoustic Music Records and several of his compositions can be heard on the Emmy award-winning PBS television series, The Desert Speaks.