Richard Kearns was born in 1952 in North Gloucester Place, Sean Mc Dermott Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. He served an apprenticeship as a Goldsmith and studied part time at "The National College of art and Design. Most of his spare time was taken up with music. He was a member of several Choirs around Dublin.
He studied Classical guitar with Cecile Gormley and Composition, Harmony and Piano with Elizabeth Shure, daughter of Leonard Shure.
He is best known for his varitions on works by Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Rachmaninoff and Palestrina.