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Christopher Keane

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Examiner 323

After graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium, Christopher Keane gained valuable experience as a member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet and touring NSW for Musica Viva. He also played in productions such as West Side Story, Cabaret, 42nd Street and Canterbury Tales, and TV ads and Australian films.

In recent years, Mr Keane has performed the Piazzolla Bandoneon and Guitar Concerto with the Sydney Grammar School String Orchestra and later the Nova String Orchestra. He performs with the chamber ensemble Plektra that made its debut at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Germany in 2010 and was invited to perform at the 2012 Classical Mandolin of America Festival held in Minnesota. Plektra recorded a self-titled CD that was released in 2012. At the annual Sydney Guitar Summer School, he has performed in chamber ensembles with visiting virtuosi including Vincent Lindsey-Clark (UK), Denis Azabagic (USA), Simon Powis (USA) and William Kanengiser (USA). He regularly conducts guitar ensembles in the community and inside schools and currently runs four ensembles at Sydney Grammar School.

Mr Keane is an organising tutor for the Sydney Guitar Summer School, which, over the last 25 years, has established itself as one of the major educational music festivals in Australasia. He regularly writes music for student ensembles and recently completed Open Grounds and Cabaletta for string orchestra, guitars and percussion. He also composed the sight-reading pieces and the Classical Guitar sight-reading book for the current AMEB syllabus, as well as contributing to the development of the AMEB Series 2 grade books.

Positions held
  • Assistant Chief Examiner – Strings, AMEB (NSW)
  • President of the Classical Guitar Society Sydney
  • Conductor of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra (2000 to 2012)