Ottawa New Music Creators


Elaine Keillor

Elaine Keillor, Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, Carleton University, received her Associate (ARCT) in piano performance with all theoretical requirements completed at the age of ten. Previously from the Royal Conservatory of Music she earned four silver medals in piano and violin.  As a pianist she has performed solo recitals, and concertos with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. The first woman to receive a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto, she has continued performing on harpsichord, early pianofortes and piano and in chamber music ensembles, while also pursuing an academic career. She is the author of numerous essays and encyclopedia entries as well as three books – John Weinzweig: The Radical Romantic (1994), Music in Canada: Capturing Landscape and Diversity (2006), and Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America (2013).

             Highly praised for her programming and performance, Keillor appears on twenty-seven CDs to date.  Teraud’s review of her recent four-CD set, Sounds of North: Two Centuries of Canadian Piano Music, states: "Thank goodness there is someone like Keillor, a devoted contributor to the storehouse assembled by the Canadian Musical Heritage Society, champion of women composers, the musical traditions of First Nations, and of new music. Keillor has an unaffected, elegant playing style that neatly lays out the many, many different styles and atmospheres she has chosen to represent." On June 7, 2013, Dr. Keillor received the SOCAN Foundation 2013 Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.  Keillor has sung since its founding with the professional Ottawa Bach Choir which continues to be highly acclaimed for its performances and CDs in North America and Europe.

Curtis Perry