Senior Lecturer in Music
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King's College London
Rob Keeley studied with Oliver Knussen at the Royal College of Music, Magdalen College Oxford under Bernard Rose, and later with Robert Saxton. In 1988 he studied at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome with Franco Donatoni, and at the Tanglewood Summer Music School, where he was the Benjamin Britten Fellow in Composition, working with Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze. Before joining King’s in 1993 Rob was a freelance pianist and repetiteur, working for Opera Factory, Almeida Opera and Garsington Opera. He has also played with the London Sinfonietta and Music Projects/London, and now gives frequent solo recitals covering a wide range of repertoire.
Piano Sonata no 1 , first performance by the composer, October 2011
Piano Trio, first performance by the Fidelio Trio, Kingston University, February 2011
Concerto for piano and twelve players, BBC commission for Mary Dullea and Lontano (due for recording on the Lorelt label late 2011)
Concerto for oboe and strings (2008), first performance Andrew Nogal, dal niente ensemble cond. Michael Lewanski, Chicago USA May 2010
Relics of Echoings, guitar and piano, 1st performance Jonathan Leathwood and Heidi Brende, University of Denver, April 2010
Rob Keeley (2004) On the Tiles, violin and piano (BBC commission, test piece, Yehudi Menuhin Competition 2004)
Expertise and Public Engagement
PhD Composition Students
Lionel Steuart Fothringham (2010-)
Steve Hicks (2010-)
Inal Bilsel (2009-)
Christopher Birch (2009-)
Kyoung Woo Lee (2007-)
Francesco Cilluffo (2004-2008)
Cyrill Schurch (2003-2009)
Thomas Gold (2003-2008)
Dobrinka Tabakova (2003-2007)
Kate Romano (1998-2003)
Rob is currently working on a Quintet for piano and wind, and revising a number of older pieces for publication and performance.
He continues to be active as a pianist both is solo repertoire of all kinds and in chamber music.
Rob has two forthcoming CDs of his own music on major record labels: Lorelt and NMC.
Many of his works are published by Cadenza Music www.cadenza-music.com
Rob has premiered works by, among others, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Jonathan Cole and Richard Emsley. He has given lecture recitals in 20th-century piano music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and seminars on his own music at UC Berkeley and the University of Oregon, Eugene.
His works have been performed by, among others: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lontano, Premiere Ensemble, Ensemble Bash, pianists Martin Roscoe and Colin Stone, guitarists Jonathan Leathwood and Fabio Zanon, bass player Corrado Canonici, oboist Chris Redgate, the Chinook Clarinet Quartet, Fretwork and Composers' Ensemble.