Biography

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 from around the world. She has a longstanding working relationship with Kevin Volans who has written many solo works as well as piano duos for her. These she has performed with the composer as partner. Jill has worked with Jörg Schäffer, François Sarhan, Rudiger Meyer, Clare Loveday, and many others. She has also toured with live music performances to William Kentridge's films.

Jill 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 has performed with renowned Spanish composer and sound artist Francisco Lopez. She also collaborates with sound artist João Orecchia, visual artist Marcus Neustetter, composer-drummer Christophe Fellay, video artists Dorothee Kreuzfeld and Jurgen Meekel, and Joke Lanz of Sudden Infant. Jill and Waldo Alexander recorded works by Kevin Volans for piano, violin and viola for the Ergodos label; the CD includes Volans' 9th piano etude, written for her.

Jill Richards is a Steinway Artist.