Music Lessons at Theme & Variations Queensland

Music Lessons, by consultation, are being offered at our Brisbane location

by Dr Robert Keane PhD (Lond.), MMus (Lond.), ADipMus (QCM), AMusA

Enquiries & Bookings

T 07 3265 2563

M 0432 683 605



Dr Robert Keane



Piano—Classical and Popular (All syllabuses—Intermediate to Advanced)

Composition, Arranging

Voice Coaching—Opera, Musical Theatre


from the studio at: 60 Commercial Road, Newstead, Q 4006

(Street Directory Ref Map 19 K7, corner Dogget St)


Dr Keane studied piano with Alexander Sverjensky at the NSW Conservatorium, and later with Nancy Weir at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he graduated in both piano and composition.

He studied, as a postgraduate student, at the Guildhall School of Music, London and the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki and completed a Masters Degree in composition at University of London. His composition teachers include Edmund Rubbra, Einojuhani Rautavaarra, and Benjamin Britten. He was awarded a PhD from the University of London for his thesis about the complete solo-songs of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Keane has written many scores for the theatre, including Dance North’s A Moon of Our Own, and Tropic Line’s Lucky Me!, based on the life of Gladys Moncrieff. He was the first Musical Director of both the Queensland Theatre Company and the Queensland Theatre Orchestra. He has toured regularly in UK, Europe, Australia & USA as accompanist and associate artist. Australian Artists he has worked with include Johnny O’Keefe, Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, Geraldine Turner, Judi Connelli, Barry Otto, Julie Anthony, Graeme Connors, Jill Perryman, Bille Brown, Carol Burns and others.

He also had success in popular music, and worked for many years as Musical Director for numerous musicals both in Australia and the UK, and for the BBC TV’s Black and White Minstrel Show. He has recorded with his own Jazz Trio, and is well known for his irreverent The Other Side of Robert Keane, which features the witty songs of Noel Coward, Flanders & Swan, Tom Lehrer and his own scurrilous creations. He is known for his ability to cross-over with total ease from serious “Classical” to tongue-in-cheek commentary.

He returned to Townsville in 1990 and was appointed Artist-in-Residence at James Cook University where he founded the Music Academy and was its Director until 1994. Since then he has worked in Europe, USA and Australia, as a pianist and examiner.

In 1994 he established the music publishing company, Wits’ End Music. Many of his new “Popular”-style works are on the ANZCA and AMEB syllabuses, and are recorded on CD. In 1995, Keane wrote the official music for the Waltzing Matilda Centenary Celebrations and in 2005 was appointed the writer of Aural Studies for the AMEB’s new MusicCraft syllabus.



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