Matt Keown is a percussionist and educator who attained a diversified portfolio early in his career. Keown is currently a member of the internationally acclaimed Yale Percussion Group. Through this group he has premiered works by up and coming composers, championed the work of master composers, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and performed at Carnegie Hall. Keown is currently enrolled in the prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program at Yale University, and is the fourth percussionist to have been accepted to the program in twenty years. Through his studies at both Yale University and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Keown is under the tutelage of legendary percussionist and educator, Robert van Sice.
Keown is a founding member of icarus Quartet (iQ), a two piano and two percussion ensemble. iQ has performed at Carnegie Hall and is actively commissioning new works for this medium. As a subset of the iQ, Keown is also a founding member of the icarus Duo, a percussion duo comprised of himself and Jeff Stern. The duo was recently the ensemble in residence with the composition studio at Yale University.