Cameron University's annual New Music Festival will present award-winning pianist/composer Keith Kirchoff in concert on Monday, March 30 at 8 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public at no charge.
Keith Kirchoff has been called one of the most unique artists of his generation. As a pianist and composer, he works towards enhancing the status of classical music in American culture by educating audiences before and during performances, lecturing internationally, and stressing the importance of modern music to keep classical music alive and current. With a repertoire that ranges from the 18th to the 21st centuries, Kirchoff's programs focus on unusual and neglected works.
Kirchoff has played in many of the United States¹ largest cities including New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Portland, as well as major cities throughout Italy and The Netherlands. He has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. performing a wide range of concerti, including the Boston premier of Charles Ives' "Emerson Concerto," the world premier of Matthew McConnell¹s "Concerto for Toy Piano," and more traditional works by Tchaikovsky and Chopin. He has also been a featured soloist in music festivals including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Oregon Festival of American Music, the Norfolk New Music Workshop, Ives and His World, and The extensible Toy Piano Project. The co-founder of the new music ensemble "Siren Agenda," Kirchoff also performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort, Boston¹s premier modern music ensemble.
The winner of the 2006 Steinway Society Piano Competition and the 2005 John Cage Award, Kirchoff has won numerous other awards including the Silver Lake International Piano Concerto Competition, the Saint Paul Piano Teachers Association Competition, the Thursday Musical Competition, and the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition.
CU's New Music Festival is funded by a grant from the CU Lectures and Concerts Committee.
March 19, 2009