David Keeffe


David Keeffe is an English-born Australian composer, conductor, horn player and technologist. Growing up in a musical family, at 6 he met Benjamin Britten, and the idea of actually becoming a composer was planted. His music literally draws breath: writing for voice and for wind instruments has been a constant theme. David’s music is often inspired by textual narrative, whether for actual word-setting or for purely instrumental sounds.

Studies in London with John Tavener led to a move to the University of York for further studies in music, and then a change of direction led to a PhD in computer science. In 1997 he moved to Australia, where composing flowered again, and a stream of works appeared, first for horn, then for brass band, and then many other combinations of sound.

David has had works played by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Army Band Melbourne, the Heidelberg Wind Ensemble, Brisbane Excelsior Band, Oakleigh Brass, the Grainger Wind Symphony, among others. He is completing a PhD in composition at the University of Melbourne with Stuart Greenbaum, and is published by Wirripang.

Composer website: David Keeffe


Four Haiku, Voice and Piano.

These four short settings (in Japanese) are highly evocative: the piano paints the picture before the story is told.

Featured in Duo Waves December 2016