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.”
As a pianist, Dr. Reesor has performed across the United States, as well as in England, Austria, Hungary, and Russia. In addition to the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, he has appeared with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, the Coachella Valley Symphony, the Downey Symphony Orchestra, and the Fort Collins Symphony. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he has collaborated with many distinguished performers, including members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony. Dr. Reesor 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. Most recently, Dr. Reesor traveled to Utah to offer solo recitals at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and Dixie State University in St. George, where he also gave masterclasses to pre-college and undergraduate piano students. In June, he will return to Utah to perform with Sirena Huang and Matthew Zalkind at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute.
As a scholar, Dr. 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: Toward a History of the Composer’s Reception” (2016), offers a conceptual introduction to Rachmaninoff’s international critical reception, the subject of his ongoing research. Dr. 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 (Glinka), the Moscow Conservatory, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, and he has presented at national and international conferences on Russian music and culture. In October, Dr. Reesor will present at the conference “A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community since 1917,” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Reesor currently serves as Assistant Professor on the music faculty of Southern Virginia University, a predominantly LDS liberal-arts institution located in the 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). He and his wife, Nonie, live in Buena Vista, Virginia, and are the proud parents of 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.