Described as “a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical elan,” 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 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 China at the Beijing Concert Hall, frequent appearances on major chamber music series in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., solo recitals in Pittsburgh, Boston, and Vermont, the complete Mozart Violin Sonatas and works of Bartok in Serkin Center, and performances with orchestra of concertos by Stravinsky, Chausson, Bartok, Dvorak, Sibelius, Beethoven, Martinu, Brahms and Mozart.
With degrees from Curtis Institute and Yale University and her first professional experience with Music from Marlboro, Ms. Keyes naturally extends her musical commitment to education; she is Associate Professor of Violin at Boston University, founding director of the String Quartet Institute at Tanglewood, and director of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference. Her piano trio, Triple Helix, is in residence at Wellesley College, where their series of Beethoven concerts garnered them the accolade of “Musicians of the Year” from the Boston Globe. 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 recently adjudicated at the Singapore, Stulberg, and Fischoff International Competitions.