E. Michael Richards Professor and Chair, Department of Music 2011-2012 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award (for Excellence in Research)
Since joining UMBC in 2001, E. Michael Richards has made renowned contributions to contemporary music through his research and creative accomplishments. He is responsible for extending the sound repertoire for the clarinet by conceptualizing and producing new sounds for the instrument and devising a notational system with which composers can express them.
He has premiered more than 150 new compositions by some of the world’s leading composers for the clarinet, many of which were written for him, and he has performed at festivals and universities throughout the U.S., Italy and Japan. Two of his nine published CDs have appeared since 2007, and he has completed recordings for six more, two of which are scheduled for publication this year.
He has produced books, pedagogical materials and an archive of recorded performances, all of which build upon his 20 years as a performer and scholar. He is regarded as an international leader of considerable stature and will continue to influence the direction of new music for the clarinet.
Richards has also conducted a scholarly exploration of modern music in Japan with Kazuko Tanosaki. They organized a series of six symposia on the connections between tradition and innovation in contemporary Japanese and Asian music.
Richards earned his B.Mus. in Clarinet Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, his M.Mus. in Clarinet Performance from the Yale University School of Music, his A.M. in Musicology from Smith College and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Studies and Conducting from the University of California, San Diego.