Jill Richards is a South African pianist specialising in new music. Versatile and dynamic, her interests range from Bach to free improvisation.
Her 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.
Jill 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 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 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.
2014 will see further collaborations with Neustetter, tours in Southern Africa with Christophe Fellay, solo and chamber music performances. Festival performances include the Edge of Wrong, SASRIM and Unyazi electronic music festivals.
Jill Richards is a Steinway Artist.