Keith Kirchoff

Keith Kirchoff

Piano Department Chair

Piano, Composition, Music Appreciation

Pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff has played in many of the United States' largest cities, as well as major cities throughout Italy, Canada, Great Britian, and The Netherlands. As a strong supporter of modern music, Kirchoff has premiered over 100 new works and commissioned over a dozen compositions. He has appeared with orchestras throughout the U. S. performing a wide range of concerti, including the Boston premier of Charles Ives' EmersonConcerto and the world premier of Matthew McConnell's Concerto for Toy Piano. With his highly unique lecture style integrated into his programs, Kirchoff strives to enhance the status of classical music in American culture, stressing the importance of modern music to keep the art alive and current. Holding degrees from both New England Conservatory and the University of Oregon, Kirchoff has been actively teaching for fifteen years, most recently teaching at the Los Angeles Music and Art School in California. The co-founder of the composer's ensemble "Agenda," he has also appeared with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort, Boston's premier modern music ensemble. With the latter, he has released the world premier recording of John Luther Adams' For Lou Harrisonon New World Reocrds, and will appear on two other upcoming releases featuring the music of Earle Browne and Christian Wolff. He has recorded on the New World, Zerx, Bridge, and SEAMUS labels, and the first volume of his four-album set featuring the music of Leo Ornstein is due for release early next year on Thinking outLOUD Records.