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Before entering college, Downbeat Magazine honored Grant with four prestigious Student Music Awards, including Best Solo Instrumentalist (’04), Best Jazz Arrangement (’05/’06), and Best High School Ensemble (’07). In 2009, Grant enrolled in Berklee College of Music where he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a distinction awarded each year to one music student in recognition of their outstanding talent. During his time at Berklee, he had the opportunity to study under many leading teachers and performers, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Hal Crook, Doug Johnson, Alain Mallet, and Danilo Perez. In his short career, Grant has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gomez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Valeria Simpson, Simon Phillips, Ben Wolfe, Damian Erskine, Javon Jackson, Greg Hopkins, Glen Moore, Dick Berk, and Chuck Israels. Grant is now a formidable artist in his own right, teaching, and performing throughout the country and abroad.
In May 2013, Grant graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Piano Performance and began teaching, performing, and recording throughout the greater Boston area shortly thereafter. After being invited to teach at the Global Music Institute in New Delhi, Grant traveled to India for the spring of 2014, where he was truly inspired and driven to release a new album of his music upon returning. This album, entitled Numinous, was released in 2015 and hard copies as well as digital downloads are available online now via CD Baby, iTunes Music, Amazon, and BandCamp. For more information on Numinous or Grant’s other projects as a sideman, please see the Projects link from the menu above.
In November 2014 and 2015, Grant traveled to the Florida Institute of Technology where he was named a finalist twice in the American Jazz Pianist Competition after competing amongst the best young pianists in the country. Currently, Grant is based in his hometown of Portland, Oregon where he is performing, teaching, and planning his next album. For bookings or other inquiries, please visit the Contact link from the menu above.
At the age of 25, Portland-based pianist and composer Grant Richards is an award-winning performer, composer, and teacher who is able to adapt to a wide range of settings, styles, and genres. Inspired by his sister, Laura, Grant began playing piano and composing at the age of 8. While growing up in Portland, Oregon, Grant was able to thrive in a vibrant and supportive musical atmosphere, aided especially by the guidance of his father, Eldon Richards, and teachers Randy Porter, Gordon Lee, and Thara Memory. At age 14, he produced and recorded his first album as a leader, comprised entirely of his own pieces and arrangements.
Grant Richards Quartet
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