"Arresting, genre-blurring... Disquieting music with massive breadth and high drama."
"New music and jazz composer, Wilkins.. is in equal parts Debussy, Miles Davis. It all makes for an irresistible mix"
Keyna Wilkins is a pioneering Australian/British composer-musician. She was one of three finalists in the Australian nation-wide APRA/AMCOS Art Music Awards for Individual Excellence 2018. Her compositions are performed internationally and published by Wirripang. Her music is characterized by a fascination with astronomy, First Nations culture, jazz, dance forms and intuitive improvisation. Wilkins is an Associate Artist with the Australian Music Centre and has five tunes in the Australian Jazz Realbook. She also writes music for films and theatre including short film "Remote Access" which won Best Short Film at the Imagine This International Film Festival in New York 2019 and her composition New Galaxy has been recorded and broadcast by ABC. Her music is also played on Triple J, Double J, Fine Music FM, Eastside Radio and many others. She has eight self-produced albums on all streaming platforms.
Published by Wirripang, her compositions are performed around the world including USA (concert series at Universities of South Carolina, Vandebilt and Georgia and recitals at Cleveland Institute of Music, Welseyan University and Taos Falls Arts Festival in New Mexico), Asia (Singapore Saxophone Symposium), Croatia (World Saxophone Congress, Zagreb), Ireland (Cork School of Music), Germany (Hildesheim Audimax Theatre), UK (Bristol Victoria Rooms, Bridgwater Arts Centre), as well as Australia (Sydney Opera House, MONA, Sydney's City Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Art Gallery of NSW, Royal Easter Show Main Arena, Melbourne's Preston Town Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium Melba Hall, Adelaide's University Henze Room and Beamont House, Brisbane Conservatorium, Melbourne Recital Centre). Her works have been commissioned and/or performed by artists and ensembles such as The Metropolitan Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble, Elysian Fields, Kammerklang, Preston Symphony Orchestra (Melbourne), Lilith Night (including ABC recordings) Sydney Conservatorium Spanish Encounters Piano Symposium, Marquez Laundry Theatre Company, Australasian Saxophone Quartet, Collide Trio (Melbourne), Ensemble Muse (Sydney), Sydney Conservatorium Sax Orchestra, Marquez Laundry Theatre Company, Quart-Ed, flamenco ensembles Pena Flamenca and Arrebato and by soloists such as bass flutist Donna M Wilson (USA), violinist Airena Nakamura, saxophonist Joseph Lallo (AUS), pianist Stefan Cassomenos (AUS/Greece), soprano Amelia Jones (Wales, AUS), pianist Elodie Sablier (FRANCE), flutist Alison Mitchell (UK/AUS), Kosmas Lapatas (GREECE), violinist Airena Nakamura (JAPAN/AUS), double bassist Elsen Price, violist Carl St Jacques (US/AUS), violist Ryan Greiser (US), Taos Pianos (US), flutist Jessica Scott (AUS), oboist Briana Leaman (USA/AUS) and trumpeter Will Gilbert (AUS).
Having completed her Master of Music Composition at Sydney Conservatorium in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Anne Boyd and Doctor Rosalind Page, she also studied composition with Sadie Harrison (Bath Spa University, UK), Jessica Wells and Martin Wesley-Smith (Sydney Conservatorium), classical piano with Jeanell Carrigan and Julie Adam, jazz piano with Oliver Gross (Hildesheim University, Germany) and flute performance with Nicholas Vallis-Davis, Laura Chislett and Alison Mitchell including completing her MA Flute Performance at Bristol University (UK) in 2008 and BA Mus in 2003.
STAGE AND SCREEN
"To hear the unmistakable reference to First Nations song so well pitted against TMO’s Western Art Music instruments creating such evocative cells of expression with humility and sincerity in new music devoid of borrowings from tribal repertoire was a touching, inspiring and admirable step forward. it received an extended and hearty standing ovation and will add tremendously to our orchestral music canon." SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE
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