The Swiss pianist Simone Keller (* 1980) completed her training in the concert class of Hans-Jürg Strub and the song class of Daniel Fueter and Hans Adolfsen at the Zurich University of the Arts. In addition, she took organ and pianoforte lessons and attended master classes with Andrzej Jasinski, Siegfried Mauser, Karl Engel and Hartmut Höll. She has received several prizes, awards and scholarships, such as first prize at the Landolt Competition for Piano, second prize at the Hans-Ninck-Competition for Piano, and the EMCY Chamber Music Award for Composer's Song at the European Classic Festival Ruhr.
Simone Keller performs as a soloist and chamber musician in a wide variety of formations and styles, with lively concert activity in Switzerland and many other countries. In recent years, she has appeared at the New Music Week in Shanghai, the Roulette and Symphonic Space in New York, Constellation in Chicago, Opensound in Boston, Sonic Arts Exchange in Seoul, Hong Kong and Macau, at Fondation Suisse In Paris, the Days for New Music in Bucharest, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Volksbühne Berlin, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Weimar Spring Days, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Soundtracks in Schwaz, and the Imatronic Festival for Electronic Music at the ZKM Karlsruhe, in Switzerland in the large and small halls of the Zurich Tonhalle, in the large hall of the KKL Luzern, in the Dampfzentrale Bern, in the studio Ernest Ansermet in Geneva, in the Gare du Nord Basel, at the Schlosskonzerte in Thun, the Davos Festival and on the piano in Wetzikon.
Since 2007, Simone Keller has been a member of the ENSEMBLE TZARA (www.ensembletzara.ch), of which she is the founder, and was awarded the Zurich working year in 2012. In addition, she plays in many other formations, such as Retro Disco, which in the past few years has starred in premieres by Robert Ashley and Alvin Lucier, the Trabant Echo Orchestra, a quintet with strings and drums, for example with the minimal music classic "In C" by Terry Riley who, in co-operation with music director Ruedi Häusermann, founded the Kukuruz Quartet for four well-prepared one-hand pianos (www.kukuruzquartett.ch) in 2014, which included, among other things, the centerpiece of a major musical theater production of the Schauspielhaus Zürich.
Simone Keller regularly performs as a guest artist at the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Südwestdeutschen Philharmonie and was invited by Ensemble Contrechamps from Geneva, the Austrian Ensemble for New Music, the Glassfarm Ensemble New York and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. From 2006 to 2014, she worked extensively as a member of the Collegium Novum Zürich and with conductors such as Peter Rundel, Jonathan Stockhammer, Pablo Heras-Casado, Peter Ruzicka, Peter Hirsch, Heinz Holliger and Johannes Kalitzke. From 2008 to 2016 she was a permanent member of the Ensemble TaG for New Music in Winterthur, with whom she participated in numerous premieres of particularly rare works of composers.
Simone Keller owes an important part of her artistic development to numerous composers, including Robert Ashley, Wanja Aloe, Edu Haubensak, Frederick Rzewski, Katharina Rosenberger, Timothy McCormack, Juhee Chung and Alvin Lucier , Marko Nikodijevic, Diana Rotaru, David Sontòn Caflisch, Bruno Karrer, Pierre Favre, Oliver Weber, Marcel Zaes and Alfred Zimmerlin.
In addition, her continuous work as a theater musician plays an important role. Simone Keller worked as a pianist and actress in countless productions at the Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theater Basel, City Theater Bern, Theater Neumarkt in Zurich, Theater Chur, Schlachthaus Theater Bern, Theater Rigiblick Zürich, Theater Winterthur and the Theater at Gleis Winterthur with directors such as Ursina Greuel, Ruedi Häusermann, Joachim Schloemer and Fritz Hauser.
Since 2014, Simone Keller, together with director and composer Philip Bartels, has been directing a production of "ox&öl" (www.oxoel.ch), which also develops the latest forms of mediation for children and adults, together with theater projects, focussing on working with children with a migrant background, such as the Intergenerationen-Musikwerkstatt "Piccolo Concerto Grosso" which was developed in collaboration with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, has been shown since then at the KKL Luzern and the Tonhalle Zürich and will be continued regularly from 2016 in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club Zürich. In addition, ox&öl developed a speech-musical theater with concrete poetry for children and the unemployed, a composition course with an integration class, the music workshop "Tisch-Musik" in collaboration with Pro Juventute, an interactive recording installation in the Zurich radio studio with music by Ruedi Häusermann and two interdisciplinary musical plays in the Zürcher Architekturforum with compositions by Marcel Zaes for a "humanoid" synthesizer. In 2017, ox&öl will be launching a series of scenic song recitals, and will be developing a musical theater production for the second time with the HORA theater class for actors with cognitive impairments.
Simone Keller has recorded for the Böhlau publishing house Vienna Galina Ustwolskajas Klaviersonaten, has performed various solo and chamber music recordings in collaboration with the SWR Experimentalstudio, the Swiss radio DRS, Musiques Suisses and Quilin Records, and has contributed to several audio plays for the Merian publishing house.