Matt Keown is a young performer and educator who attained a diversified performance portfolio early in his career. Keown is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the Yale School of Music. Through his studies at both the Yale University and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Keown is under the tutelage of legendary percussionist and educator, Robert van Sice. Keown is currently a member of the internationally acclaimed Yale Percussion Group. Through this group he has premiered works by up and coming composers, championed the work of master composers, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and performed at Carnegie Hall.
Aside from Keown’s classical training, he grew up with a rigorous study of marching percussion. Beginning an apprenticeship with his father, famed marching percussionist Alan Keown, he studied rudimental snare drum from a young age. Keown’s interest in marching percussion would lead him to become a snare drummer in the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of this famed organization for three years, 2009-2011 where he claimed two world championships and the Fred Sanford award for High Percussion. It is rare to find a percussionist so highly trained in these two contrasting fields. Keown makes a point to reconcile these aspects of his musicality in a way that benefits him as a player, teacher, and fosters a holistic approach to percussion.
Keown has appeared as a soloist with the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble, the Oregon Percussion Ensemble, and the Eugene Youth Symphony. Keown has delivered clinics across the United States, Malaysia, and Lithuania. He is a performing artist for Remo Drumheads and Offworld Percussion.