Richards is a South African pianist specialising in new music.
Versatile and dynamic, her interests range from Bach to free
Her career includes collaborations with numerous composers around the
world. She has a longstanding working relationship with Kevin Volans
who has written many solo works and piano duos for her. These she has
performed with the composer as partner. Jill has worked with Jörg
Schäffer, François Sarhan, Rudiger Meyer, Michael Blake, and many
others. Her collaboration with Philip Miller has been extensive,
touring with of live performances of his music to artist William
Kentridge's films; including the Kentridge festival "Playing on Image"
Jill improvises with sound artist João Orecchia, composer-percussionist
Lukas Ligeti and visual artist Marcus Neustetter (including a very
successful series of performances last year). She also worked with the
late Zim Ngqawana. 2013 will include collaborations with
composer-drummer Christophe Fellay, sound artist Francisco Lopez, as
well as teaching with dancer Esther Haeusler at the Zurich University
of the Arts.
She has performed and been broadcast in the UK, Europe, North America
and Australasia. Among these were the BBC broadcasts of the premières
of solo and duo works of Kevin Volans. She has released five CD's,
including the Grammy-nominated "Cicada" of Volans, as well as the
complete piano music of Michael Blake.
Jill is a
also a founder of SoundMindLab, a Johannesburg-based project which will
provide a regular platform for innovative contemporary, electronic and
experimental music and contemporary sonic and interdisciplinary
Jill Richards is a Steinway Artist.