Student Scholar 2011
Jonathan Keith is a pianist, composer and teacher. He began playing the piano at age 3, won his first piano competition at
age 5, and at age 9, he began his study under Dr. Irene Peery-Fox, professor at Brigham Young University. Jonathan now
has a full teaching studio of his own and is a member of Encore Teacher's Association and Music Teacher's National
Jonathan has appeared as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, American Fork Symphony, and the
BYU Symphony many times and has performed across Europe and the United States in competitions and concerts. He has
won first prizes and performed in winners recitals including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Anaheim CA, the
International Festival for Creative Pianists in Grand Junction CO, and Boise ID, the International Music Academy of Pilsen,
Czech Republic, and the Hyde Park Concert Series in London.
Although he loves performing, Jonathan is also an aspiring commissioned composer. He was the national winner of the
2006 Reflections composition competition and the national winner of the MENC composition festival. He has won “best
original composition” three times in a row at the International Festival for Creative Pianists and was also awarded best
improvisation, best arrangement of a pop song, and most versatile pianist (www.pianofestival.org & magazines including
NPR, in a major article in the April 2003 issue of Clavier, and in other music publications such as Piano & Keyboard, Piano
Today, and the London-based Piano magazine). Jonathan was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in
the Arts for his Piano Concerto No. 1 (2007), his String Quartet was premiered at the International highScore Festival in
Pavia, Italy (2012), and he won first prize in the Barlow endowment contest for his piano trio (2013).
As a graduate from Brigham Young University and a Wheatley Institution scholar, Jonathan plans to earn his doctoral degree and pursue a career in composition and pedagogy, hoping to one day give back part of his knowledge and resources to the success of future students. Jonathan and his wife Karissa currently reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is earning a Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy and she is finishing an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Wellness.
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