Jill Richards is a Steinway artist, is a classical pianist who’s known both locally and internationally. Having received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Africa, she later went on to earn her Postgraduate Diploma at the Royal College of Music in London. Richards is known for her dynamic interests in Bach but she excels at her own improvised compositions which she’ll be further exploring for Season 4 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea. Having used her time with The Centre to explore and collaborate with new genres and mediums of art as much as possible, Richards will be featuring in a few this Season’s performances, be it teaching a monkey to play the piano, soundtracking live improvised physical theatre, or even a bit of acting. This experimentation and free-flowing improvisation will also be contrasted in Richards’ solo piece, a performance of French composer Pierre Boulez’s Piano Sonata No. 2 which forms part of a double bill with pianist and composer Kyle Shepherd.
WRITING | Dave Mann
PHOTOGRAPHER | Zivanai Matangi