Jill Crossland studied at Chethams School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Ryszard Bakst, and in Vienna with Paul Badura-Skoda and Sally Sargent. She performed the complete Well-tempered Clavier from memory as a student in Manchester and has always been closely associated with the work.
Jill pursues an active concert and recording career in the UK and abroad, including regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank in London. She is particularly known for her performances of eighteenth century music. Jill has also played at Bridgewater Hall, Fairfield and Blackheath Halls, St George’s Bristol, the Sage Gateshead, Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus and Leipzig Gewandhaus. She gave the John Ogdon memorial concert which also celebrated Mozart’s 250th birthday, in his home town of Mansfield, and her performances at festivals have included Carlisle and Stafford.
Jill is a member of the Musicians in Residence scheme, supported by funding from Arts Council England. She also participates in audience development projects in her native Yorkshire and the surrounding region. Her chamber work has included piano duets with her brother, pianist and composer Neil Crossland.
Jill Crossland has recorded books one and two of Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier for Signum, and has made other recordings of works by Bach, Handel, Scarlatti, Rameau, Mozart and Beethoven, including the Bach Goldberg Variations. Among many critical plaudits: She ‘well deserves her enviable reputation as a Bach pianist.’ (BBC Music Magazine) and has been called ‘a highly individual [Bach] player’ and a ‘natural Mozartean’ (Penguin Guide to CDs), her playing described as having ‘intensity and real pathos’ (International Record Review), and her Beethoven as ‘delightful’ and ‘magnetic’ by turns (American Record Guide).
Jill has appeared on radio and television, including performing on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and on RTE’s Late Late Show. She has also recorded a number of film and TV soundtracks, including work for the BFI and ITV. Jill featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2005.
Jill Crossland’s website is: www.jillcrossland.com