Keyin Lou was born in Hangzhou, China, in 1994.
Her music combines her Western musical education with her Chinese cultural upbringing. Her works focus on the coexistence of the melodic and the academic.
From the age of 4, she studied piano under Liangyu Xu. At the age of 11, she was admitted to the middle school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and studied composition under renowned Professor Ying Ding.
In 2008, while still in middle school, the Shanghai Little Star Art Chorus published and distributed her Olympic children's song series, including “Dad Is a Torchbearer” and “I Was Planting Flowers for the Olympics.”
In 2009, her work “A Song of Silence” won the Silver Medal of the American Golden Key International Composer Contest.
In 2010, her vocal work “Moon” was published in the largest Chinese academic music magazine, “Music Creation.”
In 2012, she was admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music both in classical composition and music engineering. She chose to study music engineering and studied under the famous music producer Professor Dong An. She won numerous People’s Scholarships because of her outstanding achievements.
In 2014, she participated in the production of the popular Chinese television program “Sing My Song (Song of China),” and served as music editor and assistant to the music director.
In 2016, Keyin graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She then decided to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied under the famous composer and educator Dr. Marjorie Merryman.
In 2016, she collaborated with Manhattan’s new music group to compose “The Color” for flute, viola, and piano.
The next year, in collaboration with the famous Finnish accordion player Matti Pulkki, she composed an accordion solo work, “On the Reef by the Sea.”
In February, 2018, Keyin Lou's second orchestra piece, “Chapter II,” was premiered at Riverside Church.
In May, 2018, Lou received a master’s degree in composition from the Manhattan School of Music.
In July, 2018, her work was featured in a woodwind quintet concert in Brooklyn, New York.
In Oct 2018, she had a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, with Chinese female composer Yuexiang Xu. This concert has also been included in the support project of China National Literature and Art Foundation Aesthetic Development Fund.
In the same time, she began to collaborate with multiple visual artists to make music for the independent movie and fashion campaign video. Her major works including "Maoxiaotong X Marc Jacobs" for Marc Jacobs, " Jiajingwen X David Yurman" for David Yurman, Eric Fangxiang Zhang's movie“Best Wishes”, Yifei Lue's animation movie" Abandoned Seed", "If we were young" fashion film which nominated by Los Angeles Fashion Film Festival. She's also worked with ELLE MEN Fresh China very closely. Together they made fashion campaigns for Jodie Comer, Nicholas Hoult, etc. presented by Gucci X ELLE MEN Fresh.
In March 2019, Keyin began to collaborate with American composer Julian Bennett Holmes. They started a music series called" Music from the East and West". March 19th, 2019 they presented the first concert of this series at St. Paul's Chapel in Columbia University.
Photographs featuring Lizhe Yu.