Annette Richards is Professor of Musicology at Cornell University. She is author of The Free Fantasia and the Musical Picturesque (Cambridge, 2001) and has written on Mozart and musical automata, the German keyboard song and solitude, and Haydn and the grotesque. She is the editor of CPE Bach Studies (Cambridge, 2006), and, with David Yearsley, of the Organ Works of C. P. E. Bach for the new complete edition (Packard Humanities Institute, 2008), and founding editor of Keyboard Perspectives. Her current projects are a reconstruction of the extraordinary collection of musical portraits belonging to C. P. E. Bach, and a book that expands on her work on death, fantasy, and the grotesque, Music and the Gothic on the Dark Side of 1800.
As a performer Annette Richards specializes in music of the Italian and North German Baroque, and has played concerts on numerous historic and modern instruments in Europe and the United States. She has won prizes in international competitions including the 1992 Dublin International Organ Competition and first prize for organ duo with David Yearsley at the Bruges Early Music Festival in 1994. Her CD Melchior Schildt and the North German Organ Art (on the Loft label) was recorded on the historic organ at Roskilde Cathedral, Denmark. She is the Executive Director of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies.
Her numerous honours include fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Getty Center in Santa Monica and at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell. She has also held a New Directions Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation and a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.