Keenan Reesor is a pianist and musicologist with a growing reputation for his ability to connect with audiences in both capacities. Of his pre-concert lecture and subsequent performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, the South Coast Today reported that he displayed “depth and erudition, . . . and the down-to-earth humility and warmth that later infused his brilliant technical mastery of the piano with soul force and heart.”
Reesor has performed across the United States and in England, Austria, Hungary, and Russia. In addition to the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, he has appeared recently with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Coachella Valley Symphony, the Downey Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Collins Symphony. He is a laureate of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, has been nominated for the American Pianists Association Classical Fellow Award, and has been heard on KUSC-FM Los Angeles, one of the nation’s leading classical radio stations. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In June, he performed recitals with violinist Sirena Huang and cellist Matthew Zalkind.
As a scholar, Reesor specializes in the music and reception of Sergei Rachmaninoff, with broader interests in reception history, canonicity, and Russian music and musicians of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His dissertation, “Rachmaninoff in Music Lexicons, 1900–2013,” offers a conceptual introduction to Rachmaninoff’s international critical reception, the subject of his ongoing research. Reesor’s research has taken him to archives at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Central Museum of Musical Culture in Moscow, the Moscow Conservatory, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia. He presents regularly at national and international conferences on Russian music and culture, including papers this fall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Goldsmiths College in London.
Reesor serves as Assistant Professor on the music faculty of Southern Virginia University, a predominantly LDS liberal-arts institution located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. He has taught courses previously at the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and Utah State University. He holds a PhD in musicology and a master’s in piano from USC (dissertation advising from Bryan Simms, piano studies with Norman Krieger), and a bachelor’s in piano from Utah State (piano studies with Gary Amano). Reesor lives in Buena Vista, Virginia, with his wife, Nonie, and their four little boys.
Those who wish to obtain a more complete summary of Dr. Reesor’s professional activities can view and download his current curriculum vitae here.
This site’s cover photo, which shows Dr. Reesor at the intersection of Bersenevskii Pereulok and Bolotnaia Naberezhnaia in Moscow, was taken by Li Mengeden in November 2015.