BAROQUE AND MODERN CELLIST
Keiran Campbell was drawn to the cello after he stumbled across one in his grandmother’s basement and was baffled by its size. Once he turned 8, he began taking lessons -on a much smaller cello- in his native Greensboro, North Carolina. After studying extensively with Leonid Zilper, former solo cellist of the Bolshoi Ballet, he received his Bachelors and Masters at the Juilliard School in New York, working with Darrett Adkins, Phoebe Carrai, and Timothy Eddy. Keiran also spent several springs in Cornwall, England, studying with Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, and David Waterman at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove. Now based in Toronto, ON, Keiran is Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s newest core member.
Described as “a delightful performer… playing with the ease of a pub fiddler,” (The WholeNote) and “an active, sparkling participant in the musical conversation” (Toronto Star), Keiran has performed with orchestras including The English Concert, Le Concert Des Nations, NY Baroque Incorporated, Philharmonia Baroque, The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, and Mercury Baroque. In addition to this, Keiran has explored a wide variety of styles and genres, such as performances of Mozart and klezmer music with clarinetist David Krakauer at Jazz at Lincoln Center, experimental hip hop with DJ Spooky at Carnegie Hall, performances as a soloist with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Trinity Wall Street, and productions of period Bel canto opera and chamber music each summer at Teatro Nuovo.
As a chamber musician, Keiran has collaborated with members of the Juilliard Quartet and the Cleveland Quartet. He recently has performed alongside Enrico Onofri and Vittorio Ghielmi, and also performed under the direction of Jordi Savall in a tour of Europe and a recording of the Beethoven Symphonies with Le Concert Des Nations.
Keiran maintained a private teaching studio in New York City, and he recently gave masterclasses at UNC Chapel Hill, Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Western University, and at Tafelmusik Winter Institute.
Keiran is also fascinated by instrument making, which he studies with the maker of his cello, Timothy Johnson.
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“…From this instrument Campbell coaxed and tamed a growling beast of sounds, at times rich and gravelly, at others smooth and clear. Campbell’s light touch created an illusion of spontaneity, perfect for Giuseppe Colombi’s Trompa, where quick runs mimicked gentle trumpet fanfares. Similarly, he played the Courante from J.S. Bach’s Suite in G Major with the ease of a pub fiddler, shaping confident phrases which built up tension before a final fluttering trill. He’s a delightful performer, and it will be exciting to see how he grows with the ensemble over the coming season.” -the WholeNote
“…The continuo was, appropriately, an active, sparkling participant in the musical conversation. Mention must be made of the performances of Charlotte Nediger (harpsichord) and Keiran Campbell (cello).” – Toronto Concert Reviews
“…Keiran Campbell das Cello mit Domenico Gabriellis Sonate ebenso passioniert, virtuos, gefühl- und elanvoll in Szene…” – Bachtrack