Eoin O’Keeffe

(b. 1979)
Conor Delahunty

"Just as an explanation can kill a good joke, over-analysis can kill a composition."

Eoin O’Keeffe grew up in Clonmel, Ireland. As a member of his local youth band, he played clarinet and later trumpet, before spending some time as conductor and arranger. In 2001, he graduated with a BA (Music) from Waterford Institute of Technology with First Class Honours, where he studied composition with Eric Sweeney, as well as renowned composers such as Louis Andriessen. During his time in Waterford, he was awarded with the Good Shepherd Arts Award for his composition. He then graduated from University College Cork with a Higher Diploma in Education in 2002 and spent several years working in the education sector, initially in Ireland before moving to London, England. While in London, he studied composition with Anna Meredith, Stephen Montague, and Howard Skempton. In 2007 he graduated with a Masters in Composition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he studied with Richard Baker.

Eoin O’Keeffe has had his music performed in the UK, including performances at the 2007 New Music Festival at the Guildhall, the 2006 City of London Festival, the 2007 London New Wind Festival, as well as throughout the UK with several commissioned pieces. His music has also been performed in Ireland and the Czech Republic. His music has been featured in several publications, as well as being discussed as part of a seminar on music and architecture at the Royal Academy of Music by the esteemed architect John Wheatley. Some of his more graphic scores have been part of an art exhibition in the USA.

In addition to his work as a composer, Eoin O’Keeffe is in demand as an arranger particularly of wind and orchestral music in Ireland, the UK, and Europe. He is involved in teaching a number of different projects in the UK and elsewhere, and has been involved in creating music for a number of other performing groups.