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Rob Keeley

Dr Rob Keeley

Senior Lecturer in Music

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2486
Room 8 South West Block

Music Department
King's College London
Strand Campus




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. Before joining King’s in 1993 Rob was a freelance pianist and repetiteur, working for Opera Factory, Almeida Opera and Garsington Opera. He is an active pianist in a wide range of repertoire, and has pieces written for him by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Geoffrey Poole, Gary Carpenter, Gordon Crosse and Richard Emsley.

Rob has composed over a hundred pieces, including two symphonies, two piano concertos, and a wide range of vocal, piano and chamber music. This year will see the release of two CDs of his music, on the Clarinet Classics and Divine Arts label. Already issued are 'Songs, Chimes and Dances' on NMC and 'Dances with Bears' on Lorelt. His music is published predominantly by Composers Edition and Cadenza Music: in addition, much of his wind music is published by Clarinet Classics/June Emerson, Tetractys (flute) and Resonata (brass).

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Research Interests and PhD supervision

Rob will not be taking any further PhD students now, as he is planning to take early retirement in 2018.

For more details, please see his full research profile.
Selected Publications


  • Sonata for clarinet and piano (2016)
  • Piano Trio no 2 (2015)
  • Ten Preludes for piano (2017)
  • Nine Bagatelles, clarinet and piano (2016)
  • Six Trios for three clarinets (2015)
  • Brightness Dancing, two clarinets and piano (2016)
  • 'Longing alone is singer to the lute': song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano to poems by Edna St Vincent Millay (2016)
  • Little Ariadne Variations, oboe and piano (2016)
  • Clarinet Quartet (2017)

For a complete list of publications, please see Rob's full research profile.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Rob's works have been performed by, among others: BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lontano, Premiere Ensemble, Ensemble Bash, oboist Sarah Francis, clarinettist Victoria Soames Samek, pianists Martin Roscoe and Colin Stone, the Aquinas Piano Trio, guitarist Jonathan Leathwood, the Villiers String Quartet, Fretwork and Composers' Ensemble. Rob is also highly active as a performer: he is increasingly involved with fringe opera in London.


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