Andrea Keller

Position: composer | piano

Born of Czech parents, Andrea Keller grew up in Sydney, Australia.

Convinced from a young age that she would be a musician, she 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 A-mus-a 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.

Keller has led many projects as a pianist, whose focus has been on performing her original compositions and arrangements. She currently leads the working projects: Monday nights at the Jazzlab (curating & performing), Transients (a series of trios presented every Thursday night at Uptown Jazz Café), Five Below (quintet featuring Stephen Magnusson, Sam Anning, Mick Meagher, James McLean & Andrea Keller), Journey Home (solo piano collaboration with photographer/film-maker Hayley Miro), Piano Club (solo piano concerts featuring Australian pianists and Q&A’s), The Composers Circle (6-piece ensemble of composers/performers), Solo/Duo/Trio (new collaborations in various groupings), and Celebrating Voice (series featuring vocalists who perform original and Australian material).

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