• 1972 – 1977

    Bratislava Conservatory (composition – Jozef Sixta, piano – Mikuláš Strausz, conducting – Kornel Schimpl, Adolf Vykydal, Gerhard Auer)

  • 1977 – 1982

    Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava (Ladislav Slovák, Bystrík Režucha, Peter Hradil, Gerhard Auer)

  • 1982 – 1985

    second conductor at the State Philharmonic Košice

  • 1985 – 1990

    conductor-in-chief at the State Philharmonic Košice (after Ladislav Slovák)

Richard Zimmer was raised in an artistic environnment (his mother was a visual artist, his father Ján Zimmer and grandfather Jozef Grešák were musical composers). After completing his university study he worked in 1982 - 1985 as second conductor of the State Philharmonic Košice. In the period 1985 – 1990, succeeding  Ladislav Slovák, he took on the position of conductor-in-chief of that body. Apart from the hundreds of concerts which he has given with the State Philharmonic in Košice at home and abroad, he has made guest appearances in Germany, Spain, Hungary, France and Cuba. He has recorded for former Czechoslovak Radio and Television. Since the 1990s he has been involved in business enterprise.