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Ms. Deborah Richards

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Board Member

Cologne Society for Contemporary Music
 
Background

Employment History

  • Pianist
    Deborah Richards

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    The Bozza Mansion Project
  • Board Member
    Music Council of Nordrhein-Westfalen
  • Member
    Clementi-Trio Cologne
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Web References
Deborah Richards - Biography
www.deborah-richards.com, 21 Aug 2010 [cached]
Deborah Richards, Pianist
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With the aid of a Fulbright scholarship and a University of Rochester-University of Cologne exchange program, Richards was able to continue her studies in Cologne, Germany with Wilhelm Hecker and Aloys Kontarsky.
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From 1979 until 1992 Richards was a member of the Clementi-Trio Cologne, premiering trios by young composers, recording for radio and CD, and performing in most European countries, North America, Japan and Hong Kong.
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In 1993 Richards became a member of The Bozza Mansion Project, an Amsterdam ensemble of variable insturmentation dedicated to the performance of experimental music.
Deborah Richards' CD recordings of chamber works and songs by Fanny Hensel, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, and Germaine Tailleferre demonstrates her dedication to promoting works by women composers, while recordings of Schoenberg, Ives, Satie, and Shostakovich present more mainstream composers.
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Composers whose works were premiered and recorded by Ms. Richards and her colleagues include Clarence Barlow, Michael Biel, Philip Corner, Morton Feldman, Johannes Fritsch, Barbara Heller, Tom Johnson, John McGuire, Pauline Oliveros, Karin Rehnqvist, Christian Wolff, and Walter Zimmermann.
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Deborah Richards became committed to performing and recording the music of women composers in the late seventies as a direct result of the influence of feminism on musical research and musicians. Since 1984 she has represented Frau Musica (nova) e.V., a society devoted to the promotion of new music by women composers of our time, in the Music Council of Nordrhein-Westfalen, serving on the council's board from 1995 until 2002. Currently, Richards serves on the board of Cologne Society for Contemporary Music (CSCM or KGNM). She is also active in the Initiativkreis Freie Music (IfM).
Deborah Richards - Reviews
www.deborah-richards.com, 21 Aug 2010 [cached]
Deborah Richards, Pianist
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"It is heartening to welcome this excellently produced and well-filled release by Deborah Richards, an American pianist active in Europe with performances of rare piano literature, both old and new...Deborah Richards plays with total understanding, and spacious sound. More please."
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"...Deborah Richards does not so much play as divine [Koechlin's] works... exemplary reading..." Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare, Jan./Feb.
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"...it is heartening to welcome this excellently-produced and well-filled release by Ms Richards, an American pianist active in Europe with performances of rare piano literature, both old and new...Deborah Richards plays [the Koechlin pieces] with total understanding.
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"...Man kann sich der Aufrichtigkeit dieser Komposition nicht entziehen, schon gar nicht, wenn sie so kompetent, weil schmucklos und stringent, dargeboten wird wie durch Hilke Helling und Deborah Richards...." Hanspeter Krellmann, Musikmarkt - Nr. 3 / 1992, p 85, "Stimme der Kritik: Neue Musik".
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Neben diesem Prachtweib wirkst du wie ein Waisenknabe...Wenn dann noch eine sensible Spezialistin wie Deborah Richards am Konrad Graf-Flügel im Erbdrostenhof die Tasten fest in die Hand nimmt, dann geraten die Herren der Schöpfung schon mal ins Hintertreffen...Ihr Schubert war zart, mitunter zerbrechlich...[Sie] ließ beiden ihr Recht zukommen: der weltläufigen Klavierlöwin und dem introvertierten Schulgehilfen..." Michael Hochgartz, Münsterer Zeitung, April 27, 1994, "Deborah Richards spielte Fanny Hensel - Zwei kühne Damen".
Deborah Richards, ...
www.deborah-richards.com, 27 April 1994 [cached]
Deborah Richards, Pianist
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"It is heartening to welcome this excellently produced and well-filled release by Deborah Richards, an American pianist active in Europe with performances of rare piano literature, both old and new ... Deborah Richards plays with total understanding, and spacious sound.More please."
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" ... Deborah Richards does not so much play as divine [Koechlin's] works ... exemplary reading ... " Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare, Jan./Feb.
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" ... it is heartening to welcome this excellently-produced and well-filled release by Ms Richards, an American pianist active in Europe with performances of rare piano literature, both old and new ... Deborah Richards plays [the Koechlin pieces] with total understanding.
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" ... Man kann sich der Aufrichtigkeit dieser Komposition nicht entziehen, schon gar nicht, wenn sie so kompetent, weil schmucklos und stringent, dargeboten wird wie durch Hilke Helling und Deborah Richards...." Hanspeter Krellmann, Musikmarkt - Nr.3 / 1992, p 85, "Stimme der Kritik: Neue Musik".
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Neben diesem Prachtweib wirkst du wie ein Waisenknabe ... Wenn dann noch eine sensible Spezialistin wie Deborah Richards am Konrad Graf-Fl,gel im Erbdrostenhof die Tasten fest in die Hand nimmt, dann geraten die Herren der Sch,pfung schon mal ins Hintertreffen ... Ihr Schubert war zart, mitunter zerbrechlich ... [Sie] lie, beiden ihr Recht zukommen: der weltl,ufigen Klavierl,win und dem introvertierten Schulgehilfen ... " Michael Hochgartz, M,nsterer Zeitung, April 27, 1994, "Deborah Richards spielte Fanny Hensel - Zwei k,hne Damen".
CLARENCE BARLOW
www.paristransatlantic.com, 1 Aug 2007 [cached]
Well, I was looking at the piano trio repertoire and I asked Deborah Richards of the Clementi Trio for a list of the pieces they played. I found Schoenberg was not suitable, because he was so grey in his atonality that he would have gone under.
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For example in the case of [pianist] Deborah Richards' piece 'Or a Cherish'd Bard', which I wrote for her 50th birthday, it struck me, sitting idly in a train going from Cologne to Amsterdam, that maybe I could use her name in some way like Schumann and other people always did.
BT Sound
www.bt-sound.com, 1 Nov 2006 [cached]
Deborah Richards Pianist
Deborah Richards was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, and studied piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She travelled to Cologne, Germany, on a Fullbright Scholarship for her post-graduate studies. Since 1976, Deborah Richards has been steadily becoming a recognised specialist in the field of contemporary music and has been active in supporting women composers in this field - she has been a representative of Frau Musica (nova)e.V. since 1984. Richards is however also well respected in the historical music circle, performing on original instruments as well as being a popular partner in chamber music. http://www.deborah-richards.com
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