Deborah Richards

Deborah Richards

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Education

piano , Eastman School of Music

Affiliations

Board Member  - Cologne Society for Contemporary Music

Member  - The Bozza Mansion Project

Board Member  - Music Council of Nordrhein-Westfalen

Representative  - Frau Musica e.V.

Member  - Clementi Trio

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Deborah Richards, Pianist
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. 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. 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. 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. 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).

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Deborah Richards, Pianist
"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." "...Deborah Richards does not so much play as divine [Koechlin's] works... exemplary reading..." Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare, Jan./Feb. "...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. "...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". 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".

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Deborah Richards, Pianist"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." " ... Deborah Richards does not so much play as divine [Koechlin's] works ... exemplary reading ... " Adrian Corleonis, Fanfare, Jan./Feb." ... 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." ... 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".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".

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