Described as “a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical élan,” violinist Bayla Keyes is an ardent champion for a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire. After her first professional experience with the acclaimed Music from Marlboro, Keyes founded the Muir String Quartet and toured internationally, winning the Evian and Naumburg Awards and two Grand Prix du Disques. Ms. Keyes currently concertizes throughout America as recitalist, as soloist with orchestras, and as a member of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and the acclaimed piano trio,Triple Helix. Recent concert highlights include the BankBoston Celebrity Series, Brandenburg Concerti with the Boston Chamber Music Society, the Fromm Series at Harvard University, Bargemusic and Joan Tower’s Birthday Concert in Town Hall in New York City, solo recitals in Pittsburgh, Boston, and Vermont, the complete Mozart and Bach Violin Sonatas and works of Bartok in Serkin Center, and premieres of concertos by Bernard Hoffer, John Crawford, and Richard Festinger, as well as performances of Stravinsky, Dvorak, Beethoven, Martinu, Brahms and Mozart Violin Concerti.
Ms. Keyes naturally extends her musical commitment to education; she teaches violin and chamber music at Boston University and is Artistic Director of both the Interlochen Chamber Music Conference and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Seminar. Ms. Keyes currently serves as a board member of Chamber Music America and recently adjudicated at the Singapore, Stulberg, and Fischoff Competitions.
Her piano trio, Triple Helix, is in residence at Wellesley College, where their series of Beethoven concerts garnered them the accolade of “Musicians of the Year” from the Boston Globe. Their CD, “A Sense of Place,” was cited as “Best of North America” by Gramophone Magazine. Ms. Keyes has recorded for Video Artists International, Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France, Sony, Koch, Bridge, MRS and New World Records. She plays a Gennarius Gagliano made in 1740.
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B.M., Curtis Institute of Music; MM., Yale University