"In the grand tapestry of life, there exist individuals who transcend their primary roles, crafting an impact through their altruism and dedication to societal betterment. Andrew Keeping, celebrated for his virtuosity as a classical guitarist, has woven a legacy that resonates far beyond the confines of concert halls and recording studios."
(LA Weekly 2024)
"Andrew Keeping continues championing awareness, breaking down barriers, and creating a brighter future with positive outcomes. His legacy is a reminder that advocacy and compassion can transform lives and shape a more inclusive society for future generations."
(Limitless Magazine USA Aug 23)
"As we reflect on Andrew Keeping’s inspiring career as a musician, producer, and advocate, it becomes evident that he has transcended the boundaries of a traditional artist. His passion, determination, and unwavering commitment paved the way for a more inclusive, accessible, and empowering music industry. His remarkable journey serves as a reminder that the power of music knows no limits and that harmonizing passion and purpose can create profound melodies of change."
(Mentor Magazine 2024)
"As you explore the chords and crescendos of Andrew Keeping’s musical journey, you’ll find more than just an artist – a curator of emotions, a painter of memories, and a melody weaver who crafts the extraordinary from the ordinary."
(California Weekly 2023)
"Andrew Keeping’s performances have solidified his position as an exceptional artist of our time. His ability to create beautiful moments, technical brilliance, and profound artistry have captivated audiences worldwide in regal settings and on grand stages."(Digital Buzz Magazine USA 2023)
" A genius with the classic guitar."
" He has done more than most to promote British solo guitar."
(London Evening Standard.)
"There are many admirable qualities to this artist's playing,
particularly those of a finely cultivated tone and a very musical and clearly thought out way with the music. He is also unusually confident, fluent and informed in his spoken introductions."
(Classical Guitar Magazine)
"A musicians musician. His fingers convey a depth of
emotion in every note."
(Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)
" an outstanding classical guitarist capable of amazing versatility and passion....his growing international reputation is well deserved."
" Andrew Keeping showed an extraordinary degree of control and sensitivity…It was an outstanding finale to a concert of traditional musical language mixed with a
fascinating introduction to modern musical values by an artist who can communicate with conviction."
"Andrew Keeping has a unique talent for communication, both as a performer and as a personality. His mission to extend the appeal of the classical guitar is meeting with great success. Andrew chooses interesting programmes which combine popular classics and accessible contemporary music acceptable to both the general public and those interested in new works. He establishes a rapport with his audience by giving interesting preliminary talks before performing the pieces.
My aims as a composer are in many ways similar to Andrew's as a performer. But composers, who are a somewhat introverted lot, need champions like Andrew, who is not, to bring our work to the attention of the public. As a performer, Andrew can capture the spirit of new music instinctively. As an interpreter, he can fulfil the composers wishes and can put the music across to the audience with conviction. What more can a composer want?"
(Composer/ Professor of Classical Guitar/ Musicologist)
"A mutual afficianado of all things musical; Andrew has an abundance of "life's rich tapestry" to bring to his interpretations and erudite introductions. He draws his audiences into the guitar itself and allows them to wollow in his musicality."
John W Duarte
(Musicologist/Reviewer for Gramaphone Magazine/ Composer)
Andrew was greatly honoured to be asked by John W. Duarte to perform at his 80th & 85th Birthday Celebration Concerts. Over the years, Andrew and John exchanged their own poems and comic verse on Post Cards from all parts of the globe. At the request of the Duarte family, Andrew gave a reading at John's Funeral, of John's favourite poem written by Andrew for his 85th Birthday.
"To have the opportunity to play regularly with a world class guitarist like Andrew Keeping remains one of the highlights of my professional career. His sensitivity and musicality are extraordinary, qualities tempered by his sense of humour and joi de vivre! A gig with Andrew guarantees the highest quality music and a lot of fun for everyone involved."
(Bach to Baby Concert Series)
I felt compelled to email and say how much I enjoyed this morning's performance at St Margaret's Church in Rochester. I was there with my daughter and granddaughter.
I was totally captivated by your talent and complete immersion in your music, your story and the way in which you interacted with the children.
Very many thanks for sharing this with us particularly at such short notice.
Very best wishes
REVIEWS ON "BRITISH GUITAR" CD
(Claudio Contemporary 4628-2)
"With this 1996 collection of 20th century guitar works Andrew Keeping goes a long way to justify a position as Julian Bream's natural successor in this area of the repertoire…For anyone interested in new and modern guitar music this disc is a must, not only for the compositions, but also for Andrew Keeping's playing, which is a joy throughout." ****(*)
(Classical Music on the Web.)
"A musicians musician. His fingers convey a depth of
emotion in every note."
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
" a joy from start to finish"
" a worthy disc with an exhilarating conclusion"
(Classical Guitar Magazine.)
" superbly atmospheric recording"
“Delightfully eclectic mix of popular guitar pieces & encore numbers from Terrega and Sor to Gershwin and Kern…shows Keeping in fine technical form.
The recording is relatively close, giving us a chance to hear Keeping's fine technique in detail, whilst still allowing sufficient air round the sound. The combination of works on the disc is eclectic and it is perhaps a disc to dip into but Keeping's elegant performances and lovely tone quality make the disc well worth hearing.”
Robert Hugill – PlanetHugill – A World of Classical Music
"Andrew Morris’ performance on this album, in my opinion, places him comfortably among some of the wonderful English tenors of recent time... Andrew Keeping, as ever, is a sensitive and generous accompanist. His work as producer and sound engineer on this album, is of the highest standard, and confirm him as a true Artisan in the field of music production and post- production... I have to say, that after much deliberation, my copy of “Napilutano” by the wonderful tenor Andrew Morris, accompanied by the exquisite guitar-playing of Andrew Keeping, now sits side by side, next to the master himself - Robert Murolo!”
Simon Roberts (winner of the Medallion D'Oro in Ortona at the Concorso Tostiano in 1996 - Neapolitan Song Award).
"Very Beautiful. Sung with refined taste and accompanied in a splendid way by Andrew Keeping. Now that I've heard these songs with the guitar I can no longer listen to them with the orchestra. I'll carry the CD with me in the car and listen to it often because it's enjoyable and relaxing. (“Napulitano”) is a CD dedicated to good taste and a precious gift."
Comments made about "Napolitano" Album
“I really like the selection of songs – they’re all up my street! I particularly enjoy the more intimate and conversational setting of o sole mio . I think the combination works really beautifully and I found myself immediately transported back to Italy!... It’s a really tastefully and musically recorded CD. Well done.”
Andrew, your videos are simply the best I have found in YouTube This video is very inspirational, you don't just give a recitation of tips like reading the grocery list. You deliver them in a way that motivates and inspires. I can see your passion for your art and your sincere desire to try others to improve. And I thank you for this because I'm a late starter (pretty late I'd say in terms of starting age, but not in terms of motivation). RoGar