Award-winning violist Elizabeth Keckeisen concertizes across the eastern and midwestern United States and in her home state of Texas. Whether performing as a chamber and orchestral musician or as a soloist, her repertoire ranges from classical masterworks to contemporary compositions.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Keckeisen has served as the Principal Violist of Symphony No. 1 in Baltimore, the East Coast’s newest chamber orchestra dedicated to performing works by living composers. During her time at Peabody, she held Principal and Assistant Principal positions in both the Peabody Symphony and Peabody Concert Orchestras. Ms. Keckeisen also served as Assistant Principal Viola of the Aspen Opera Center in the summer of 2016. She currently serves as a substitute violist for the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, and the Canton, Akron and Firelands Symphony Orchestras in Ohio.
Praised for her “cohesive ensemble playing” (Cleveland Classical), her extensive chamber music experience includes performances broadcast on National Public Radio and WQXR that included collaborations with Michael Kannen, Courtney Orlando, Brian Lewis and Hagai Shaham. As a founding member of the Adorno String Quartet in Baltimore, she has performed recitals at Mannes College of Music in New York City and in Charleston, South Carolina at the invitation of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Kennedy Quartet in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Keckeisen has premiered numerous pieces by living composers, ranging from string quartets to pieces for viola and electronics. She was a member of Now Hear This, Peabody’s contemporary ensemble. Highlights of her 2016-2017 season included collaborations with composer Oscar Bettison and the Dutch group Ensemble Klang on the world premier of Bettison’s Presence of Absence (rev. 2017), Julia Wolfe on her string Quartet Dig Deep, Georg Friedrich Haas on his piece in vain with Now Hear This, and Donnacha Dennehy on his piece Cead Slan for string quartet and soundtrack.
Ms. Keckeisen has spent the past three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School as a fellowship student and has also studied at the Heifetz International Music Institute, the Beethoven Institute at Mannes College, Le Domaine Forget Music Academy in Quebec, and The Castleman Quartet Program. She has performed in masterclasses for leading viola pedagogues such as Kim Kashkashian, James Dunham, Ivo van der Werff, and Lawrence Dutton and renowned chamber groups including the Emerson, Borromeo, Brentano, and Takacs string quartets.
In addition to concert halls, she regularly performs in community venues. Ms. Keckeisen has worked as a site coordinator for Creative Access, which brought concerts to places from elementary schools to nursing homes in the greater Baltimore area. Ms. Keckeisen was also a founding member of the Peabody String Sinfonia led by violist Maria Lambros that brought performances to prisons, caner treatment centers, and homeless shelters. Additionally, while living in Baltimore she frequently volunteered at the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program, where she taught young violinists and violists in some of Baltimore’s inner-city schools.
Ms. Keckeisen completed her Bachelor’s degree in Viola Performance at the Peabody Institute in May of 2017 where she studied with Victoria Chiang and orchestral repertoire with Choong-Jin Chang. In addition to her performance degree, she earned a minor in the Business of Music. Ms. Keckeisen is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Viola Performance under the tutelage of Cleveland Orchestra violist Mark Jackobs.