Keyna Wilkins is a published composer, pianist and flautist based in Sydney. With international classical training at Bristol Uni and Bath Spa Uni (UK), Hildershim Uni (Germany) and postgraduate composition at Sydney Conservatorium, she has branched into experimental live theatre, jazz, flamenco fusion and free improvisation. At once spiritual and intuitive, Keyna's music weaves a tapestry of unique tonal patterns and rhythms creating an enduring and original musical voice that is a hybrid of her sonic experiences. Eight of her compositions have been published by the Australian music publisher, Wirripang.
Keyna has collaborated with a wide diversity of groups from the highly experimental contemporary classical to the popular. She has performed around Europe and Australia including Sydney Opera House, Basement, Venue 505, Seymour Centre, and had compositions commissioned by Sydney Conservatroium. Highlights include opening Adelaide Fringe Festival with Flamenco Australia, opening the Picasso Exhibition at Art Gallery of NSW with French jazz trio Les Violettes and playing on the main stage of Sydney Easter Show with jazz quartet Martini Rouge to over 10 000 people.
In 2015 Keyna formed Ephemera Ensemble (with Elsen Price on double bass, Will Gilbert on trumpet and Damian de Boos Smith on cello/guitar) playing space-inspired jazz with celestial projections. Their show is a combination of Keyna's compositions exploring astronomical phenomena such as pulsars, craters, planetary atmostpheres, stars and void, alongside free improvisation to a backdrop of nebulae and comet electromagnetic waves converted to audible sounds.
Born in picturesque Somerset, UK, Keyna has lived and taught music around Europe and in UK including lecturing in music for 3 years at Bridgwater College. She currently teaches piano, flute and theory from her home studio in Ashbury, with a passion for helping students achieve their potential.
"Wilkins, on flute, proved herself an unassuming but surpassing soloist of the most original, virtuosic proportions." Skye on Stage (Alin and Melike show)
"Keyna Wilkins plays both flute and piano... and infuses the music with a pleasant breeziness." John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald (Peña Flamenca show)
"Keyna Wilkins is a lithe and lovely Key, brusque and bustling one moment and floating on a cloud of her own music the next." Lisa Thatcher, Sydney Fringe Festival theatre reviewer (Fred and Ginger show)