Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Donica Tran ACT violin
Andrea Keller is a Melbourne-based pianist, composer and improviser. She is an active member of Australia’s contemporary creative jazz community through multiple roles as performer, composer, arranger, recording artist, researcher, teacher, mentor, and curator.
Having established herself as a prolific artist with the ability to think outside the square, she has devised and produced a multitude of projects, ranging from solo to large ensembles that celebrate the wealth and diversity of Australian musicians. In addition to her own projects she is part of numerous collaborations, works as a side person, and is regularly commissioned to create new work for a myriad of musicians in varying genres.
Performance and commissioning highlights include; the Australian Art Orchestra, The Song Company, The Black Arm Band, Lano and Woodley, Eddie Perfect, Ensemble Offspring, Seraphim Trio, Ten Part Invention, Royal Children’s Hospital Hush Series, and more. In addition to performances throughout Australia she has performed internationally in Germany, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Canada, Wales, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, and Japan.
Lauded for her music in Australia, Keller has received numerous awards for her albums, ensembles and compositions, including; three ARIA, seven Australian Jazz Bell, and two Art Music Awards, as well as the Melbourne Prize for Music Beleura Emerging Composer Award, the Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission, a Music Victoria Award, an APRA Professional Development Award, a fellowship from the Australia Council, and the inaugural MCA/Freedman Foundation Jazz Fellowship.
Keller currently runs educational programs such as Girls Do Jazz and Masters and Apprentices and is a part-time Lecturer in Music (Jazz and Improvisation) in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.
She holds a Bachelor of Music in Improvisation (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, a Master of Arts (Research) from Queensland University of Technology, and is a PhD candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney University.