Keith Pascoe

As a violinist Keith Pascoe is currently engaged on a tour of the complete Mozart and Beethoven sonatas with his duo partner, pianist Brian MacNamara, supported by the Arts Council.

As a conductor he was appointed conductor of the City of Cork Symphony Orchestra in 2004, and has since attracted such soloists as Barry Douglas, Nigel Kennedy, Tasmin Little and Julian Lloyd Webber—as well as international choirs, to collaborate with the CCSO.

As a violinist he has been with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet — artists-in-residence to University College Cork since 1998. After studying violin, piano and conducting at the RCM in London, his professional life began in 1981 as founder member and first leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Subsequent positions included: sub-leader of the London Philharmonic at age twenty-three; assistant director of the Academy of St Martin-in- the-Fields, with whom he appeared as soloist, and ten years with exclusive EMI artists, the Britten Quartet.

In addition to a busy performing schedule, he is a Luigi Boccherini scholar and has published articles and critical editions. Keith is lecturer in Chamber Music at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and conducts the DIT Camerata. 

Since 2012 he has been music director at Summer Music on the Shannon and was recently appointed external assessor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He lives in Cork city.