Richard Zottl was born in Neunkirchen in Lower Austria in 1970.
He began his studies with Prof. Manfred Kautzky and Klaus Lienbacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna before moving to the Oberschützen Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz where he studied with Prof. Gerhard Turetschek.
He regularly plays both in Austria and elsewhere as a chamber musician and often receives invitations from orchestras such as the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Volksoper and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he frequently performs at festivals such as the Styriate and the Carinthian Summer.
Richard Zottl has played first and third oboe with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1996.