Richards is a South African pianist specialising in new music.
Versatile and dynamic, her interests range from Bach to free
career includes collaborations with numerous composers around the
world. She has a longstanding working relationship with Kevin Volans
who has written many works 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 live
performances of his music to artist William Kentridge's films.
improvises with visual artist Marcus Neustetter, sound artist João
Orecchia, composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti, and also worked with the
late Zim Ngqawana. Other musical partners include the Swiss
composer-drummer Christophe Fellay, sound artist Francisco Lopez, and
she has taught with dancer Esther Haeusler at the Zurich University of
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 founder of SoundMindLab, a Johannesburg-based project which provides a regular platform for innovative contemporary, electronic and experimental music, and contemporary sonic and interdisciplinary practice. She has also been involved with the dynamic Music in Africa project from its inception.
see further collaborations with Neustetter, tours in Southern Africa
and Europe with Christophe Fellay, solo and chamber music performances,
co-curation of a new music festival as part of the National Arts
Festival, and a new partnership with the actor Khayelihle Dominique
Gumede. Festival performances include the Edge of Wrong and
Unyazi electronic music festivals.
Jill Richards is a Steinway Artist.