Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series

Bayla Keyes, violin and Jean-David Coen, piano

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center

Described as "a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical élan," violinist Bayla Keyes is an ardent champion for a wide range of classical and contemporary repertoire.  

A seasoned performer on the international touring circuit, having played over one thousand concerts as a founding member of the Naumburg and Evian Award-winning Muir String Quartet, Ms. Keyes currently concertizes internationally as recitalist, as soloist with orchestras, and as a member of the contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and the acclaimed piano trio, Triple Helix.

Recent highlights include premieres at the BBC and Kings Place in London, concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, frequent appearances on major chamber music series in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., numerous radio broadcasts, solo recitals in Pittsburgh, Boston, and Vermont, the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas and works of Bartók in Serkin Center, and performances with orchestra of concertos by Stravinsky, Chausson, Bartók, Dvorâk, Sibelius, Beethoven, Martinu, Piazzolla, Brahms and Mozart.

While earning degrees from Curtis Institute and Yale University and attending the Marlboro Music Festival, Ms. Keyes studied with major teachers such as Ivan Galamian, Oscar Shumsky, Jascha Brodsky, Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, Paul Kling, and Alexander Schneider, and she is committed to passing on their inspirational knowledge; she is Associate Professor of Violin at Boston University and also on the violin faculty at New England Conservatory. Former founding director of the String Quartet Institute at Tanglewood, and former director of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference, Bayla now teaches in the summer at ARIA International Music Academy and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

Her piano trio, Triple Helix, was in residence at Wellesley College from 1999-2012, where their series of Beethoven concerts garnered them the accolade of “Musicians of the Year” from the Boston Globe; the trio is presently Artist Ensemble in Residence at the Rivers School. Their CD "A Sense of Place" was cited as "Best of North America" by Gramophone Magazine. 

Ms. Keyes has recorded for Video Artists International, Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France, Sony, Koch, Bridge, MRS and New World Records. She plays a Gennarius Gagliano made in 1740. Ms. Keyes served as a board member of Chamber Music America from 2003-2009 and has adjudicated at the Singapore, Stulberg, and Fischoff International Competitions.


Jean-David Coen, piano

Pianist Jean-David Coen holds degrees from the Paris Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale; finishing with his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He has studied with significant masters representing each of the three essential pianistic traditions; German, Russian and French. These great artists included Adele Marcus, Jeanne-Marie Darre, Sascha Gorodnitzki, Claude Frank and John Perry. His most significant mentors in chamber music and collaborative artistry were Szymon Goldberg and Joseph Silverstein.

Jean-David began concertizing with orchestra when he was 9, and by 17 had performed both Tchaikovsky and Brahms first piano concerti. He has played with orchestras and at festivals around the country including: the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in Tanglewood, with Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival and the Aspen Music Festival and School of Music, where for 24 years he was assistant to John Perry and member of the piano and chamber music faculty. For three consecutive terms he was elected to the festival’s Musicians Committee and the Board of Trustees. His 2008 performance of the Diabelli variations concluded the festival’s presentation of the entire cycle of Beethoven’s piano works.

His collaborations have included performances with conductors such as David Zinman and Helmuth Rilling; violinists Peter Zazofsky and Robert McDuffie, singers Vinson Cole and William Sharp and frequent work with cellist Yehudah Hanani. He has toured and given master classes in both China and Japan as part of Trio Oregon. Both solo and ensemble performances have played on NPR’s “Performance Today,” KUSC and WQXR in New York. He has been a visiting professor of piano at the Sheppard School of Music at USC and is currently professor of piano at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

In addition to having coached winners of the Gilmore prize and Leeds competition, his students have performed in Carnegie Hall, won international piano competitions, performed on NPR’s “From the Top” and hold faculty positions in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

He has recently served on the faculty of the Colburn Summer Academy, the Duxbury Summer Festival of Music, and the Beverly Hills International Festival of Music.

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Bayla Keyes


Residency Activities

Master Class for Strings
Tuesday, October 29, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Hudson Hall, Rogers Music Center

Free and open to the public.

For further information contact the Willamette University Music Department at 503-370-6255 or email Diane Trevett at dtrevett@willamette.edu.