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Praised as "an artist of utmost taste, proportion and charm" (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), twenty-six-year-old American pianist Esther Keel has captivated audiences around the world since making her debut with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of thirteen. Since then, she has concertized throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Korea, and Russia.

Ms. Keel has performed with over twenty orchestras across the United States including the Jacksonville Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Korean American Symphony, The Juilliard Orchestra, Merrick Symphony, Mozart Festival Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, and the San Francisco State Symphony, among others. In addition to Esa-Pekka Salonen, she has worked with notable conductors such as Otto-Werner Mueller, Rossen Milanov, Fabio Mechetti, and Bundit Ungrangsee.

As a soloist, Ms. Keel has appeared in prestigious concert halls including Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and abroad at the Kurhaus Bad Aussee in Austria, Teatro Guglielmi in Italy, and the Poland Embassy in Moscow. She has been featured in the Southampton Rising Stars Concert Series, the Los Angeles Da Camera Society at the historic Doheny Mansion, San Francisco's Annual Chopin Concert Series, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Rising Stars Recital Series. Ms. Keel's numerous competition honors include top prizes in the Moscow International Chopin Competition, Washington International Piano Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, Ostra International Piano Competition in Italy, Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the American Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Keel has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, LACMA, and the California Club. She has worked with musicians including Fred Sherry, Jonathan Feldman, Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, and Vivian Weilerstein. She has performed in the Musica L'Amore Chamber Music Series, Alice Tully's Wednesdays at One Series, and the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Series, which was broadcast live on the classical music station KUSC 91.5.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Ms. Keel began playing the piano at the age of three with her concert pianist mother, Mihyang Keel. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. In May of 2011, Ms. Keel graduated with an Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. In addition to her studies, she has served as an instructor in the college division of the Juilliard School, as well as at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She currently maintains a small private studio in both Los Angeles and the South Bay. Her former teachers have included John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yong Hi Moon, and Robert McDonald.
...an artist of utmost taste, proportion, and charmCleveland Plain Dealer
Keel played with technical élan and detailed shading.Cleveland Plain Dealer
A rising-star among pianists, Esther Keel is an amazing talent, truly displaying a life dedicated to eighty-eight keys.St. Galler Tagblatt
Keel utilized keyboard technique that seems to blend old-style accuracy and modern sensibility leading to a rendering of the not-too-often heard Saint-Saens work filled with colorful timbre, careful pedaling, and brisk, clean arpeggios.Arcadia Weekly
Especially impressive was Keel's handling of the concerto's[Saint-Saens 'Egyptian' Concerto] slow movement, where her prismatic colors and well-honed sense of lyricism paid dividends in this movement's mood of melancholy rumination...But Keel knew when to call in the proverbial big guns too, as she did with her dazzling rendition of the work's finale, which gained her the audience's well-deserved and very warm approbation.Crescenta Valley Weekly
...a superb pianist of phenomenal technique and depth of musical understandingRheintalische Volkszeitung
"Her performance of Liszt's Dante Sonata reached powerful interpretative depths, vividly revealing the piece's dramatic character...an extraordinary performance of the highest caliber.Rheintalische Volkszeitung
Elegance and warmth combined with brilliant technique describes Keel's dazzling interpretation.Korea Times
From the very first moment that pianist Esther Keel commenced her performance of Tchaikovsky's popular piano concerto, the air was charged with rare musical electricity. She demonstrated her orchestral drama and her brilliant technique beyond anyone's expectation.Merrick Life
Keel dazzled the audience with her elegance and charm in Rachmaninoff's difficult Piano Concerto No. 2. She boldly attacked the majestic bell-like opening chords with energy and drama and brought out the emotional intensity of the gorgeous theme...Her entire performance came off as graceful and polished, and the audience was quick to reward her with a standing ovation.Daily Breeze
Keel's Chopin Etudes aptly exhibit her virtuosity that places intelligent interpretation of the music ahead of brandishing formidable technique.News of Polonia
Keel's inherent musicality enhanced a spontaneous, seemingly artless flow of endless melody.News of Polonia
...an artist full of great emotional intensity and passionNeue Zuger Zeitung
...incessantly uncompromising in her pursuit of glorious sound and powerful effectsNeue Zuger Zeitung
With commanding technical control, she beautifully recreated the emotional world of Chopin.Rheintaler
Ms. Keel has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of young classical musicians.Southampton Press
Keel’s performance in Mozart’s D minor Piano Concerto, K. 466 was impressive, technically immaculate and surprisingly mature. She exhibited the delicacy and mastery of nuances that are the hallmarks of Mozartean style. Her command of dynamics, from whispered pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo, was absolute, and she maintained her poise and control to the utmost.Long Beach Gazette
She kept the audience enthralled with her showmanship, dexterity and versatility.Richmond Register

Upcoming Performances

Friday, August 29, 2014
Students of Esther Keel in concert with South Bay Musica Sinfonia
Torrance Armstrong Theatre
Torrance, CA


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Saturday, November 22, 2014
All-Beethoven recital
Savannah, GA
Sunday, November 23, 2014
All-Beethoven recital
Savannah, GA
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Pasadena Symphony
Ambassador Auditorium
Pasadena, CA 91105
Poulenc Concerto for 2 Pianos
Esther Keel, Mihyang Keel, pianos
Nicholas McGegan, conductor


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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Pasadena Symphony
Ambassador Auditorium
Pasadena, CA 91105
Poulenc Concerto for 2 Pianos
Esther Keel, Mihyang Keel, pianos
Nicholas McGegan, conductor


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Past Performances

Friday, April 18, 2014
Recital with Ronald Leonard, cello
Zipper Hall
Los Angeles, CA
Handel-Feuermann Adagio and Allegro
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 1 in F Major
Poulenc Cello Sonata

Friday, January 25, 2013
Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra
El Camino College Center for the Arts
Addinsell Warsaw Concerto
Saturday, November 10, 2012
San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra
California Theatre
San Bernardino CA
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Moorpark Symphony Orchestra
Moorpark College Performing Arts Center
Moorpark CA
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Peninsula Symphony Orchestra
Rolling Hills Covenant Church
Rolling Hills Estates CA
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Outreach Concert
Eshelman, Lomita Magnet, Carr Schools
Lomita, CA
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Private Event
Peninsula Symphony Association
Palos Verdes CA
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Pasadena Symphony
Ambassador Auditorium
Pasadena CA
Saint Saens Piano Concerto No. 5 'Egyptian'
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Two Pianos, Four Hands
Noor Restaurant
Pasadena CA
Chopin, Barber, Piazzollo & more
Saturday, January 21, 2012
JCM Faculty Benefit Concert
Irvine Valley College
Irvine CA
Dvorak 'Dumky' Trio
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Chamber Music Concert
Celebration Church
Los Angeles CA
Beethoven Piano Quintet
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Solo Recital
Peninsula Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Palos Verdes CA
Friday, July 22, 2011
Redlands Symphony Orchestra
Redlands Bowl
Redlands CA
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 'Emperor'
Friday, July 8, 2011
Solo Recital
Messiah Lutheran Summer Series
Savannah, GA
Sunday, June 12, 2011
LA Doctors Symphony Orchestra
Hillcrest Retirement Community
La Verne CA
Beethoven Choral Fantasy
Ebell Chorale & the Hollywood Master Chorale

Sunday, May 15, 2011
LA Doctors Symphony Orchestra
Hillcrest Retirement Community
La Verne CA
Beethoven Choral Fantasy
Ebell Chorale & the Hollywood Master Chorale

Friday, May 13, 2011
LA Doctors Symphony Orchestra
Grand Lounge of the Ebell
Los Angeles CA
Beethoven Choral Fantasy
Ebell Chorale & the Hollywood Master Chorale

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Sejong Soloists
Private Residence
Los Angeles CA
Works by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Ponce
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Recital with Steven Chang, violin
Private Residence
Thousand Oaks CA
Friday, April 8, 2011
Japan Benefit Concert for UNICEF
Zipper Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Featuring Colburn Students and Faculty
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Recital with Steven Chang, violin
Thayer Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Works by Mozart, Brahms, Sarasate, Williams
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Solo Recital
Thayer Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Works by Beethoven, Vine, Brahms, Ravel
Friday, February 18, 2011
Musical Mosaic
Rolling Hills Methodist Church
Palos Verdes CA
Monday, February 7, 2011
Blue Ribbon Group
Zipper Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Schumann Piano Quartet, Op. 47
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Musica L'Amore Chamber Concert
Los Angeles, CA
Schubert Wanderer Fantasie, Schubert Trout Quintet
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Pasadena & Friends
Pasadena CA
w/violinist Nigel Armstrong
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Solo Recital, The Previews Concert Series
Trinity Lutheran Church
Manhattan Beach CA
Works by Bach-Petri, Vine, Brahms, Ravel
Saturday, September 25, 2010
The Colburn Orchestra
Ambassador Auditorium
Pasadena CA
Franck Symphonic Variations
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Recital with Lindsay Deutsch, violin
Newport Beach, CA
Monday, July 19, 2010
Banff International Piano Masterclasses
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Steinway Concerts in the Canyon
Beverly Hills, CA
Works by Chopin, Albeniz, Liszt
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Da Camera Society Private Event
Doheny Mansion
Los Angeles CA
Works by Chopin, Brahms, Ravel, Gershwin
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Solo Recital
Chunrat Hall
Altstatten Switzerland
Works by Mozart, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Ravel
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Solo Recital
College Untere Waid
St. Gallen Switzerland
Works by Mozart, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Ravel
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Solo Recital
Knight's Hall
Regensberg Switzerland
Works by Mozart, Debussy, Liszt, Chopin, Ravel
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Solo Recital
Villa Strauli
Winterthur Switzerland
Works by Albeniz, Debussy, Chopin, Ravel
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Recital with Christine Kwak, violin
Thayer Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Works by Strauss, Debussy, Albeniz, Janacek, Brahms
Monday, April 19, 2010
Recital with Christine Kwak, violin
Santa Monica Emeritus College
Santa Monica CA
Works by Albeniz, Janacek, Brahms
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Colburn's Spring Benefit Concert
Zipper Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Chopin Waltz in E-Flat Major, Op. 18
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Recital with Sun Joo Park, violin
Mayman Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Works by Mozart, Brahms, Sarasate, Bartok
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Musica L'Amore Chamber Concert
Old Ranch Country Club
Seal Beach CA
Mozart Piano Quartet in E-flat, Dvorak Piano Quartet in E-flat
Friday, March 12, 2010
Fundraiser Concert
Laverty Center for the Performing Arts
Palos Verdes CA
Works by Chopin and Ravel
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Evening of Brahms
The California Club
Los Angeles CA
Brahms Clarinet Trio
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Annual Chopin Birthday Concert
Old First Church
San Francisco CA
Works by Chopin, Liszt, Ravel
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Solo Recital
Thayer Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Works by Chopin, Liszt, Ravel
Friday, January 29, 2010
Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra
El Camino College Center for the Arts
Torrance CA
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Christmas Holiday Concert
Young Nak Presbyterian Church
Los Angeles CA
Monday, December 14, 2009
Chamber Music Recital
Thayer Hall at Colburn
Los Angeles CA
Dvorak Piano Quintet in A Major
Monday, November 30, 2009
Solo Recital
Santa Monica Emeritus College
Santa Monica CA
Works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Solo Recital
Jewish Community Center at Milken
West Hills CA
Works by Mozart, Chopin, Ravel
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Moorpark Symphony Orchestra
Moorpark College Performing Arts Center
Moorpark CA
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in g minor
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