Richard Dirlam has performed as a recitalist, with chamber ensembles, and orchestras in Europe, North America, and Japan. With Marilyn Knudsen, he is a founding member of Amamus, an ensemble consisting of professional and amateur musicians that regularly presents chamber concerts, called SaxoSalons, featuring contemporary music that includes saxophone.
Dirlam earned First Prizes and Medals of Honour in performance and chamber music from the Conservatoire de Musique de Bordeaux, France while in the studio of Jean-Marie Londeix. He also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of North Texas, and chemistry degrees from the University of Minnesota.
He freelances in Minnesota performing with the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, Dale Warland Singers, Zeitgeist, and other venues. Dirlam can also be heard on Minnesota Orchestra recordings, and innova label recordings Pure Saxophone, The Sax Ascendant and She Sings She Screams.
Presently Monsieur Dirlam is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of saxophone at College of St. Benedict/St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and chemistry/physics instructor at DeLaSalle, Minneapolis, Minnesota.