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Acclaimed by Fanfare Magazine as “Truly masterful…a modernized Rachmaninoff” Prof. Christopher J. Keyes (b. 1963) began his career as a pianist, winning many competitions, and later making his "double-debut" in Carnegie Hall as both soloist and guest composer with the New York Youth Symphony. In 1986 he continued his musical training at the Eastman School of Music, completing his doctorate in 1992. His major composition teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Christopher Rouse, and Robert Morris. He has received numerous awards including his 1989 orchestral work Gaia Symphonia receiving the Eastman Szernovsky Award, an ASCAP Grant to Young Composers, and the Rudolf Nissim Award for best orchestral work written by a living ASCAP member. His works have been performed and broadcast in over 30 cities worldwide. Since the late 1990’s he has focused on the use of electro-acoustic techniques, and more recently computer graphics, to expand the sonorities and visual environment of acoustic instruments on stage. He has received numerous grants for these endeavors. He is currently a Professor in the Academy of Music, School of Creative Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University where he directs the Laboratory for Immersive Arts and Technology (LITe).  Solo CD’s mutli-channel DVDs and Blu-ray discs of his music can be heard on the Centaur (CRC 2377), Capstone (CPS-8739), Revelo (RR7803 and RR8030) and Navona (NV6166) labels. 

Research Interests

  • Composition for acoustic and electro-acoustic media
  • Intermedia and interactive performance systems
  • Software development for sound spatialization and interactive graphics
  • Post-tonal music theory, analysis, and performance

Education/Academic qualification

Composition, PhD, Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition, Eastman School of Music

Award Date: 2 Sept 1992


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