Keith Allegretti 

composer

Biography

A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith Allegretti (b. 1989) is a composer and pianist who enjoys working comfortably in many genres, including chamber, orchestral, vocal, and electronic music. His pieces have had performances across the United States and Europe by such groups as the Rice University Chorale, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Circuit Bridges, and the University of Texas New Music Ensemble. Recently, his opera Good Country, a chamber Western based on a libretto by Cecelia Raker about Charley Parkhurst, a trans stagecoach driver in the California Gold Rush, received its workshop performance at the University of Texas thanks to a grant from UT's College of Fine Arts Diversity Committee.

Awards and recognitions include second place in the American Prize in Composition (wind ensemble division, 2018; choral division, 2015), finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Circuit Bridges Call for Electronic Works, the Arthur and Mary Platsis Award from the University of Michigan, and first place in the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Composition Competition.

An active performer and teacher, Keith enjoys playing piano in almost any sized ensemble. He has recently performed with Austin’s concert series Density 512, as well as the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, and he was featured as a conductor in the University of Texas Cohen New Works Festival (2017 and 2019). In addition, he maintains a private studio of piano and composition students in the Austin area. He holds degrees in composition from the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A., 2019), University of Michigan (M. Mus., 2014) and Rice University (B. Mus., 2012). While most of his time is devoted to musical pursuits, Keith is also a painter, bicyclist, and chess player—although Magnus Carlsen would not be impressed with his moves.

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