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Keyna Wilkins (b.1981) is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician of contemporary classical music. Characterised by an ongoing fascination with astronomical phenomena and the incorporation of jazz harmonies, improvisation, electroacoustic elements and dance forms into her compositions, her works are engaging in character, multi-facetted in concept and entertaining in public perception. Since 2011, nine of her compositions have been published by the Australian music publishing house, Wirripang. Her music has been performed around Europe and Australia including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Basement, Seymour Centre, Sydney Conservatorium's Verbruggen Hall by ensembles such as Sydney Conservatroium Sax Orchestra, Spanish Encounters Festival Ensemble, Sonic Odyssey (UK), Art of Cadencia, Pena Flamenca, Arrebato and Ephemera Ensemble as well as by musicians such as Alison Mitchell, Natalia Ricci, Elsen Price, Will Gilbert, Elodie Sablier, Damian de Boos Smith, Byron Mark, Eleanore Maurri, Francesca Vencken, and Tieje Hylkema.
In July 2017 she presented her Keys Across the Sky solo piano album as a lecture/recital at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held at Adelaide University. In 2015 she formed her own ensemble, Ephemera Ensemble, to perform her compositions and have had a series of successful shows in Sydney. Their debut album in 2017, Orbits and Riffs, recieved critical acclaim. In 2013 Sydney Conservatorium Spanish Encounters piano festival commissioned her to devise one of her own pieces Luna Llena for a piano ensemble and Marquez Laundry Theatre Company commissioned her to write the music for the abstract play Fred and Ginger at Sydney Fringe Festival. Having completed her Master of Music Composition from Sydney Conservatorium under the supervision of Professor Anne Boyd and Doctor Rosalind Page, she has also studied with Sadie Harrison (UK), Jessica Wells (Aus), Martin Wesley-Smith (Aus) and Oliver Gross (Germany).
"Wilkins proved herself an unassuming but surpassing soloist of the most original, virtuosic proportions." Lloyd Bradford Syke, Australian Stage - Alin and Melike show, 2015
Keyna is also a versatile flautist and pianist. With international classical training at Bristol Uni and Bath Spa Uni (UK), Hildesheim Uni (Germany), she has branched into jazz, experimental live theatre, flamenco fusion and improvisation. She has performed around Europe and Australia including Sydney Opera House and the Basement,in a wide diversity of ensembles. Highlights include opening the Adelaide Fringe Festival with Flamenco Australia in 2012 and opening the Picasso Exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW with French noir trio Les Violettes in 2011.
She teaches piano, flute and theory from her home studio in Ashbury, in Sydney's inner west, with a passion for helping students achieve their potential. She is also the mother of twins.
ORBITS AND RIFFS - Ephemera
A musical exploration of astronomical phenomena: "Full of sonic textures and infinite possibility, this is one of the true concept albums of recent years. 4 STARS." Peter Wockner, Jazz and Beyond
KEYS ACROSS THE SKY
Solo piano compositions/improvisations influenced by impressionism, flamenco and jazz: "A fusion of jazz and romanticism creating an expressive ethereal experience. Keyna plays with stunning sensuality." Mark Matthews, Composer/Pianist and ABC Radio presenter
Improvised piano solos inspired by a mosaic of musical influences.