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Keith Fitch currently heads the composition department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he holds the Vincent K. and Edith H. Smith Chair in Composition and also directs the CIM New Music Ensemble. Called “gloriously luminous” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, his music has been consistently noted for its eloquence, expressivity, dramatic sense of musical narrative, and unique sense of color and sonority. Reviewing a performance of his work Totem by Wolfgang Sawallisch and The Philadelphia Orchestra (chosen by Maestro Sawallisch to celebrate the orchestra’s centennial), The Wall Street Journal praised “the sheer concentration of his writing, and its power to express a complex, unseen presence shaping the course of musical events.” His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan by such ensembles as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and new music ensembles around the country..  Continue to Full Biography...

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October 1, 2015
Upcoming performances of Keith's music include the premiere of his Piano Quartet, "Last Words" (2014) on Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Music (www.cim.edu), and two performances of his chamber orchestra work, "In Memory":

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the ISU campus (pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.) https://www2.indstate.edu/music/cmf/about/page26/page26.html

Indiana University-South Bend Philharmonic, Jameson Cooper, conductor, Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. on the IUSB campus. https://www.iusb.edu/arts/events-community-outreach/event-schedule/index.php

February 2, 2015
Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform Keith's harp and guitar duo "Knock on Wood" at Oberlin on Wednesday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. in Warner Hall. If you are in the Oberlin/Cleveland area, please come!

January 19, 2015
Keith's harp and guitar duo "Knock on Wood" will receive its New York premiere by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and guitarist Jason Vieaux on Saturday, February 28th at 8:00 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y. For more information and tickets, please visit http://www.92y.org/Event/Jason-Vieaux-Yolanda-Kondonassis.aspx If you are in the NY area, please come!

November 16, 2014
Keith has been appointed Composer-in-Residence for this summer's Rocky Ridge Music Center, where he will be directing the Young Artists Program in composition. Students interested in applying should visit http://rockyridge.org/ for more information. See you in Colorado!

May 20, 2013, 2013
Keith's most recent work, "In Memory," will be premiered on Monday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m. at Miller Theater (Columbia University, NYC). Commissioned by the Orchestra of the League of Composers, and dedicated to the memory of Frederick Fox, the work will be conducted by Louis Karchin on program featuring music by Bruce Adolphe, Eve Beglarian, Elliott Carter, Wang Jie and Leon Kirchner. For more information and tickets, please visit http://leagueofcomposers.org/.

January 15, 2013
Ars Futura, a new Cleveland-based contemporary music ensemble makes its Baltimore and Philadelphia debuts in free concerts this weekend, featuring Keith's "Le tango sinistre" (for the left hand alone). The concerts are:

Saturday, Jan. 19, 3:00 pm at An Die Musik Live, Baltimore, MD
Sunday, Jan. 20, 4:00 pm at Ethical Humanist Society, Philadelphia, PA

Please check out their FB page (www.facebook.com/arsfuturaensemble) for more info. Go support new music!

September 8, 2012
Keith's newest work, "Knock on Wood," (harp and guitar) will be premiered by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and guitarist Jason Vieaux on Friday, October 26th at 7:30pm in Lippes Concert Hall (Slee Hall) on the University of Buffalo campus. Tickets are $12/$9/$5 in advance or $20/$15/$8 at the door. The program also includes music by Pujol, Albéniz, Hovhaness, Salzedo, and Montsalvatge. If you are in the Buffalo area, please come!

August 9, 2012
Keith's "Le tango maudit" will receive its American premiere by the Quattri Mani Piano Duo (Sue Grace and Alice Rybak) on Friday, August 10th at 7:00 pm. in Packhard Hall on the Colorado College campus. They will subsequently be recording the piece for Bridge Records.

June 1, 2012
Keith has been commissioned for a celebratory fanfare to open MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) - Cleveland's spectacular new building. The premiere will take place at a gala VIP event on October 5th, 2012.

April 1, 2012
Keith's piano quintet "To sleep, to dream" (violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano/celeste) has been programmed at this summer's Colorado College Summer Music Festival. If you are in Colorado Springs on June 19th, come take a listen!

March 14, 2012
Keith has been awarded an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council "in recognition of artistic excellence and professional accomplishments." Visit the Ohio Arts Council at: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/

March 13, 2012
Welcome to keithfitch.com! This is the official website launch. Check back frequently for more news and updates! Take a look and listen - Enjoy!

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