A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith Allegretti is a composer and pianist who enjoys working comfortably in many genres, including chamber, orchestral, vocal, and electronic music, and even musical theater. His music draws from a variety of influences, from the dark humor of Shostakovich to the lush classic film scores of the 1960s, and occasionally traditional folk music of the Southwestern United States. He has had performances in New York, Santa Fe, Houston, Berlin, Ann Arbor, and elsewhere; among the groups that have performed his work are Santa Fe New Music, Quartetto Indaco, the Rice University Chorale, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Circuit Bridges, the American Creators Ensemble, and First Readings Project.
Awards and recognitions include second place in the American Prize in Composition (choral division), finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Circuit Bridges Call for Electronic Works, the Arthur and Mary Platsis Award from the University of Michigan, and first place in the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Composition Competition. Recently, his music has been featured on highSCORE New Music’s album Electronica, and for two consecutive years by the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium in Eugene, Oregon, where he also performed as a pianist.
Keith is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Donald Grantham. He holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan (M. Mus., 2014) and Rice University (B. Mus., 2012). Past teachers include Russell Pinkston, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Dan Welcher, Michael Daugherty, Paul Schoenfeld, Kurt Stallmann, Pierre Jalbert, Anthony Brandt, and Richard Lavenda, with additional instruction from Evan Chambers, Samuel Adler, Lera Auerbach, and Gabriela Lena Frank. While most of his time is devoted to musical pursuits, Keith is also an amateur chess player and painter.