Andrew Keeping graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying under Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker and Bob Spencer, and in masterclasses with John Williams, Julian Bream, Robert Tear and Eduardo Fernandez. This followed an intensive five years being taught by the renowned professor and composer Oliver Hunt. He has appeared at venues worldwide including broadcasts on both radio and television. He works in partnership with various international singers and instrumentalists. His intimate drawing-room recitals have included performances before Pope John Paul II, and members of the British and Spanish Royal Families.
His reputation as a performer with flair and innate musicality were demonstrated with the release of his critically acclaimed solo C.D., "British Guitar" and two 'sell-out' recitals at London's South Bank. As a session musician his versatile playing can be heard in film music, TV ads and as a backing guitarist to some of the world’s most illustrious Rock and Pop artists. His talent, wide ranging repertoire and warm personality is winning new audiences for the classical guitar, and has made him a much sought after performer.
Andrew’s close affinity to the works of British composers has not only led him to champion major contemporary works, but also encourage composers to write for the instrument. He has been recognized for his interpretive insight to communicate with conviction and imagination challenging new techniques and ideas.
In December 2015 Andrew launched his long awaited album "Classic Guitar", featuring many of his audiences' most requested repertoire. The entire project was recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Andrew through his own record label KeepingMusic. With over twenty-five years' experience in recording studios around the world, Andrew has taken this knowledge and set up his own Location Recording company in 2014. His recordings have received high praise from some of the most respected producers and engineers in the business for their clean, and sensitive quality and for the originality of his productions and compositions.
As a highly accomplished and experienced guitar tutor, many of Andrew's students have successfully forged music careers in their own rite. He is currently a Professor and Lecturer at the London College of Music/ University of West London. Since he and his wife became foster carers in 2004, Andrew has further developed his versatility and aptitude in working with children; including those that have learning disabilities, emotional, behavioral, and communication difficulties. He has found his guitar and recording techniques a powerful tool in helping children and adults with additional needs overcome many of the obstacles they face on a daily basis. His ground-breaking studies and work with Music Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Psychotherapists have demonstrated how Music Technology can play an invaluable role in providing a positive and life affirming experience.
With his unique blend of humour, specialised knowledge and natural style, Andrew is frequently asked to run lecture/masterclasses, workshops, and sit on committees and adjudicating panels. He is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians, Guitar Teachers Association, Patron of MEand is Chairman of the Board of a charity he has created in Kent for Awareness into FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders). Andrew has been a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians for over 15 years and was a awarded a Fellowship of the ISM (FISM) for his work on various committees including the Performer's and Composer's Section Committee.
In 2001 the Royal Academy of Music rewarded his achievements and he was made an Honorary Associate of that institution.
Some artist’s Andrew has worked/played with include; Take That, Gary Barlow, Jools Holland, Dame Alicia Markova, Wayne Sleep, Jason Orange, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, James Galway, Aled Jones, Charlotte Church, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Stephen Dodgson, Sade, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Angie Browne, Gary Moore, Paco Pena, Stevie Vai, George Benson, Brian May and others.
Andrew performs on a custom-made guitar called 'Pascale' by the renowned English luthier, Trevor Semple.
Andrew lives in the heart of the Kent countryside with his wife, two sons, foster son and two dogs. He and Naomi have been fostering children with learning disabilities for the past 15 years, and specialise with children with Autism. He tries to stay fit by early morning walks with his dogs and taking part in triathlons!
An example of Andrew's work.
" A genius with the classic guitar."
" He has done more than most to promote British solo guitar."
(London Evening Standard.)
“Andrew Keeping goes a long way to justify a position as Julian Bream’s natural successor.”
Classical Music on the Web.
(Ham & High)
" further evidence of his status as an artist of taste and skill."
If you have any queries or wish to book Andrew for a concert or event please contact him:
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