A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Keith Allegretti (b. 1989) is a composer and pianist who enjoys working comfortably in many genres, including chamber, orchestral, vocal, and electronic music. Recognitions include Really Spicy Opera’s Quarantine Opera Scenes Initiative, second place in the American Prize in Composition, and finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. His opera Good Country, a chamber Western based on a libretto by Cecelia Raker about Charley Parkhurst, a trans stagecoach driver in the California Gold Rush, received its workshop performance at the University of Texas thanks to a grant from UT's College of Fine Arts Diversity Committee.
An active performer and teacher, Keith enjoys playing piano in almost any sized ensemble. He has recently performed with Austin’s concert series Density 512, as well as the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, and he was featured as a conductor in the University of Texas Cohen New Works Festival. In addition, he maintains a private studio of piano and composition students in the Austin area. He holds degrees in composition from the University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A., 2019), University of Michigan (M. Mus., 2014) and Rice University (B. Mus., 2012). While most of his time is devoted to musical pursuits, Keith is also a painter, bicyclist, and chess player—although Magnus Carlsen might not be impressed with his moves.