NEW DATE: Forces in Music // Masterclass with Andrea Keller

Jazz Pianist & Composer

* Please note: this event has a new date, Friday 5 June. The usual live format will be moved online. Please stay tuned for updates on how this will work. *

“One of the most original [musical] thinkers on the Australian scene... she has the priceless ability to think outside the square.”


Convinced from a young age that she would be a musician, Andrea studied piano, flute and saxophone at the Sydney Conservatorium High School. Inspired by her older brother, she penned her first compositions at the age of 10, and received her AMusA with distinction on piano at age 14. It was around this time that she was introduced to jazz music and the art of improvisation. Continuing to explore classical, jazz and original musics throughout her teenage years, her musical path became more defined when she moved to Melbourne in 1993 to study improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts.

During Keller's professional career, she has led many projects as a pianist, whose focus has been to perform her original compositions and arrangements, most notably Still Night: Music in Poetry, Five Below, Transients, Masters & Apprentices, The Andrea Keller Quartet, The Bartok Project, The Wayne Shorter Project, The Komeda Project, From Ether, and Three Lanes. She was a co-founding member of the original Bennetts Lane Big Band (2001-2013), and is a Yamaha artist, and a represented artist of the Australian Music Centre.

Keller is currently Lecturer in Music (Jazz & Improvisation - Piano) at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.

With a growing body of work traversing styles, Keller has been invited to compose and arrange music for Adelaide Festival (2019), the Australian Art Orchestra (2018), Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (2018), Ensemble Offspring (2017), The Sydney Women's Jazz Collective (2016), The Letter String Quartet (2016), The Song Company (2015), Marshall McGuire (harp)(2015), Zephyr (string) Quartet (2015 & 2014), Black Arm Band (2012-current), Genevieve Lacey & James Crabb Duo (2014), ‘Poetica’ ABC Radio National (2013), Genevieve Lacey (recorder)(2013), Four Winds Festival (2010), ANU Canberra (2010), Claire Edwardes (percussionist)(2010), Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival (2010, 2003, 2000), Seraphim Trio (2009), Ten Part Invention (2009), Royal Children’s Hospital (2008), Mike Nock (2002), Australian Art Orchestra (2002).

Lauded for her music, Keller has received three ARIA Awards, seven Australian Jazz ‘Bell’ Awards, two Art Music Awards, an APRA Professional Development Award, the Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Commission, a Music Victoria Award, the Melbourne Music Prize (Beleura Emerging Composers Award), and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council.

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort. At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion. The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
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