Matt Keown is a founding member of icarus Quartet (iQ), a two piano and two percussion ensemble that was formed through the Yale School of Music, who performed at Carnegie Hall within their inaugural year. As a subset of the iQ, Keown is also a founding member of the icarus Duo (iD), a percussion duo comprised of himself and Jeff Stern. iD was recently the ensemble in residence with the composition studio of the Department of Music at Yale University, and the Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT.
Keown was recently selected for a fellowship at the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab in Ojai, California. From a pool of two hundred applicants, Keown was one of 24 performers selected for the program, alongside six composers, to study with the members of Eighth Blackbird. Keown made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 when he was selected to be a member of 21st Century Orchestra program where he played under David Robertson and John Adams.
Keown is currently enrolled in the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program at Yale University, and is only the fourth percussionist to have been accepted to the program in twenty years. Through his studies at both 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 has delivered clinics across the United States, Malaysia, and Lithuania, and is a performing artist for Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo Drumheads and Offworld Percussion.