Keith Kirchoff - EAPiano
The Electro-Acoustic Piano (EAPiano) is an ongoing project which supports and promotes new works for piano and electronics. Started in 2009 by Keith Kirchoff, the project has so far commissioned over thirty different composers and has been presented throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and England. In addition to many Universities and Colleges, EAPiano has been featured as a part of the SEAMUS festival (Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the United States), ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec, and the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea in Morelia, Mexico, and has hosted two international composer competitions in collaboration with the American Composers Forum (in 2014) and the University of Toronto (in 2011). The first album in the EAPiano series was released in 2011 on the Thinking outLOUD Records label.
The mission of EAPiano is to demonstrate the extreme variety, innovation, creativity, and cultural relevance of modern piano music. Through commissions and collaborations – primarily with emerging composers – Kirchoff strives to give a voice to new artists, by presenting and lecturing on this music worldwide. EAPiano does not espouse any one aesthetic but rather aim to educate audiences on the absolute diversity of modern electroacoustic music by sharing some of the most interesting and innovative works being written today.
Pianist and composer Keith Kirchoff has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific Southwest. A strong advocate for modern music, Kirchoff has premiered over 100 new works and commissioned over two dozen compositions. As part of his commitment to fostering new audiences for contemporary music, Kirchoff has appeared at colleges and universities across the United States as a lecture-recitalist. He has played with orchestras throughout the U.S., performing a wide range of concerti, including the Boston premiere of Charles Ives's Emerson Concerto and the world premier of Matthew McConnell's Concerto for Toy Piano. Kirchoff has won awards from the Steinway Society, MetLife Meet the Composer, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and was named the 2011 Distinguished Scholar by the SMSA. Specializing on works which combine interactive electroacoustics with solo piano, Kirchoff's Electro-Acoustic Piano Tour has been presented in eight countries, and the first album in the Electro-Acoustic Piano series was released in 2011 on Thinking outLOUD Records. He has also recorded on the New World, Zerx, Tantara, New Focus, and SEAMUS labels.