Clarinetist Roger Keller was born in New York and raised in Los Angeles where he studied clarinet with George Smith from elementary school through high school. He was a full scholarship student of Dominick Fera while a clarinet performance major at California State University at Northridge from 1967 through 1971. His chamber music coaches at Northridge included Endre Granat, and Daniel Pollack, with additional coaching by Lucien Laporte. In 1970 he was a scholarship fellow at The Music Academy of the West, where he studied clarinet with Mitchell Lurie, and chamber music with Gabor Rejto, Jerome Lowenthal, and attended Lotte Lehman’s vocal master classes. Later further studies were done with Yehuda Gilad.
Mr. Keller has played principal clarinet and appeared with many orchestras including Elmer Bernstein’s original San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, the current San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, the COTA Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, the Virtuoso Alumni of the Wonderful World of Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra, the California Wind Symphony, the Santa Monica Symphony, and solo E flat and first clarinet with the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds. Other work in Los Angeles included opera and musical theater orchestras, and commercial recording work for television and phonograph soundtracks.
Mr. Keller has performed chamber music with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as well as other prominent Los Angeles musicians in many venues, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Sunday Evening concert series, the Barnsdall Park Sunday afternoon concert series, and The Beverly Hills All Saints Church concert series. Summers find Mr. Keller playing chamber music in New England.
In addition to Southern California appearances, Mr. Keller has performed on concert stages in New Orleans, Buffalo, St. Louis, Santa Clara, Toronto, Reno, Paris, Luxembourg, and several cities in China