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 Tanglewood, where he was the Benjamin Britten Fellow in Composition. He received his doctorate (D.Mus) from the University of Oxford in 2015.
Since 1993 Rob has been a Lecturer in Composition at King’s College, London: before this Rob worked as a freelance pianist and repetiteur, and is still very active as pianist in a wide range of repertoire, and has had pieces written for him by, among others, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Geoffrey Poole, Gary Carpenter, Gordon Crosse and Richard Emsley.
Rob has composed over a hundred works, including two symphonies, two piano concertos, and a wide range of vocal, piano and chamber music. This year will see in addition to the present disc, the release of a CD of his clarinet and saxophone music on the Clarinet Classics 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 output for wind is published by Samek Music/June Emerson, Tetractys (flutes) and Resonata (brass).