Musical Theatre Dance Program | Composer/Music Director
Grant Richards is an award-winning jazz pianist and educator. At the age of eight, Grant began playing piano, and by the time he entered college, he had won four DownBeat Student Music awards and recorded his first album as a leader. In 2009, Grant enrolled at Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition Jimmy Lyons Scholarship. He has since shared the stage with Grammy® award-winning artists Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gomez, and Terri Lyne Carrington, as well as luminaries Simon Phillips, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Valerie Simpson. After releasing his second studio album “Numinous”, Grant moved to Japan for nearly three years where he taught at an international music school and performed often in the vibrant Tokyo music scene. After returning to the US, he acted as the Music Director for The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s 2019 Tap Program led by Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia in collaboration with renowned Artist Faculty including Brenda Bufalino, Derrick K. Grant, Jason Samuels Smith, Maria Torres, Dianne Walker, Sam Weber, and Josette Wiggan-Freund. Currently, Grant lives in New York City where he remains active performing and teaching.