An honours graduate of both the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and the CIT Cork School of Music, Roddy O’Keeffe is one of the original members of Crash Ensemble, having been there that fateful night in October, 1997! Roddy developed an interest in contemporary music while still an undergraduate student at the DIT Conservatory, and is very glad that he applied to an ad on the college notice board looking for a trombonist for a new music group… With Crash Ensemble Roddy has toured extensively in Europe, North America and beyond, as well as featuring on numerous recordings. Furthering his involvement with contemporary music, he is a member of the Quiet Music Ensemble, with whom he has performed at numerous prestigious festivals such as London’s Deep Minimalism Festival. Roddy has also recorded with QME, and has been involved in their acclaimed live broadcasts. Roddy also works as a freelance player, and has performed with both the RTÉ orchestras, the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia, the Irish Film Orchestra and many other professional groups.
Roddy’s teaching career began shortly after completing his undergraduate studies, and he has taught in schools and band schemes in Dublin, Wexford and Cork, where he currently teaches for the Ballincollig Concert Band. Since completing his postgraduate studies Roddy has gone on to become a Lecturer at the CIT Cork School of Music.
Conducting is a relatively recent addition to Roddy’s skill set – he is currently the Musical Director of both the Ballincollig Concert Band and the Fermoy-based Tuxedo Junction Big Band as well as working as sectional tutor with the Cork Concert Orchestra.