A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium, during the 1980s and 90s, Christopher Keane was a member of the Sydney Guitar Quartet and toured NSW for Musica Viva. He also played in productions such as West Side Stor y, Cabaret, 42nd Street and Canterbur y Tales, and TV ads and Australian films.
In the last 6 months he was commissioned to write Open Grounds and Cabaletta for String Orchestra and Percussion. He conducted the first performance of Open Grounds in November 2016 at St Ives Preparatory School and Cabaletta will be premiered in June.
In the 1990s he began conducting both chamber music and music theatre. Among others, he was musical director for David Holman’s No Worries and Peter Flannery’s The Adventures of Awful Knawful.
It was at this time he began publishing Australian music. A great deal of this music has been performed in Europe, Britain and the USA and surprisingly one of his compositions Bondi Stomp was performed before President George W Bush and staff.
He has been an Examiner for the AMEB since 1986 and was on the Jury for the 2011, 2012 and 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Doctors Orchestra Instrumental Scholarships. In 2007 he performed the Piazzolla Bandoneon and Guitar concerto with the Sydney Grammar String Orchestra and later the Nova String Orchestra.The Nova performance was broadcast on Fine Music 102.5.
He was the Conductor of the Sydney Mandolin Orchestra from 2000 to 2012 and supervised the production of their CD Quiver. He was also a member of the chamber ensemble Plektra that made its debut at the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Germany in 2010 and was invited to perform at the 2012 Classical Mandolin of America Festival held in Minnesota. Plektra released a self-titled CD in 2012.