Edward Keenan

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Viola

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Edward Keenan was born in Edinburgh. After attending St Mary’s Music School as a “Pathway to Specialism” student, he continued his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

During his time at the RCS, Edward was awarded first prize for the Watson Forbes Viola Competition and also received the John McInulty Prize for Orchestral String Playing.
Edward was principal violist for several RCS orchestral projects. He has also led the viola sections of both Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland - most notably on their 2015 tour of China. 

Edward loves performing chamber music and is a founding member of the Aquila String Quartet. With his quartet, Edward won the 2016 Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition. He has also enjoyed weeklong residencies with both the Hebrides Ensemble and members of the London Haydn Quartet.
Alongside his quartet, Edward joined the Broen Ensemble as principal violist in 2017. Following successful concerts in Glasgow, the ensemble will be touring Hungary in September 2018.

Edward graduated from the RCS in July 2017 and has subsequently enjoyed freelancing for several major orchestras in Scotland. This includes; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Opera. Edward will soon begin his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He is looking forward to learning with Martin Outram and would like to acknowledge the support of Help Musicians UK.