Collin Kemeny, a Canadian-American composer, writes rhythmically-driven music demonstrating both harmonic and melodic influence from the Great American Songbook. Though noted for his stylistic versatility, his interest in color and timbre drives his artistic voice. His recent works, often autobiographical, explore the imprint that small, intimate moments may leave on the human psyche, and how to communicate these complex sentiments through music.
Collin is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at the Butler School of Music in Austin Texas where he studies with Christopher Trapani. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory from Case Western Reserve University, where he studied composition with Jeremy Allen and saxophone with Greg Banaszak, and a Master of Music in Composition at the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he studied with Carter Pann and John Drumheller. Collin received commissions by the North Coast Winds, Time Canvas Trio, Champlain College Gaming Studio, FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, Boulder Altitude Directive, Ajax String Quartet, Vorrh Ensemble, and others. He has earned awards and recognitions from the University of Texas Austin, University of Colorado Boulder, Case Western Reserve University, Playground Ensemble, Austin Chamber Music Center, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Additionally, he held a fellowship at the Talis Festival and Academy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and gave a lecture-recital at the Kellio High School in Helsinki, Finland. Outside of composing Collin is an avid hiker - often finding inspiration from nature.