Richard H Baker

Vice Chair

Early musical influences during childhood years in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires came from the radio. Piano lessons started in Toronto after a family move to Canada in 1956. However, unlike several famous composers who fled the law to write music, he did the opposite by opting for a life-long civil litigation practice in Toronto, from which he retired in 2016. Apart from an enduring delight in classical music, memorable experiences included naval training during university days, involvement in the 1970’s Toronto art scene through his friendship with Jack Pollock, and an affinity for Hispanic immigrants. Along the way there was much gratifying voluntary work with Commissionaires (Great Lakes), Canadian Council for the Americas, University Naval Training Divisions Association of Canada (UNTD), Riverbrink Art Museum Inc., Gallery Players of Niagara, and others. He has lived in Niagara-on-the-Lake since 2011.