March 26, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist/composer Keith Kirchoff will perform in concert Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing Gallery Series of both world music and experimental new music concerts, funded by the Bucknell department of music.

Kirchoff has performed throughout all of North America, as well as Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Mexico and The Netherlands. A strong advocate for modern music, he has premiered more than 100 new works and commissioned nearly two dozen compositions.

As part of his commitment to fostering new audiences for contemporary music, Kirchoff has appeared at colleges and universities across the country as a lecture-recitalist. He has played with orchestras throughout the United States, performing a wide range of concerto, including the Boston premiere of Charles Ives' "Emerson Concerto" and the world premiere of Matthew McConnell's "Concerto for Toy Piano."

Kirchoff has won awards from the Steinway Society, MetLife Meet the Composer and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He was named the 2011 Distinguished Scholar by the SMSA.

The performance director of the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble and co-founder of Electric Noise and Agenda, Kirchoff has appeared with the Pittsburgh New Music and Ensemble and the Callithumpian Consort.

He has released the world premiere recording of John Luther Adams' "For Lou Harrison" on new World Records with the Callithumpian Consort. He will appear on two other upcoming releases featuring the music of Earle Browne and Christian Wolff.

Kirchoff has recorded on the New World, Zerx, Bridge, and SEAMUS labels. His recording "The Electro-Acoustic Piano" will be released in 2011.

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