Associate Professor Keith Crellin

Associate Prof Keith Crellin OAM, Head of Strings Elder Conservatorium University of Adelaide and ex-founding member of the Australian String Quartet, is the current Conductor and Musical Director of Corpus Medicorum.

Keith Crellin is head of the String Department and conductor-in-residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide. As the first violist to win the ABC Young Performers Award in 1972, Keith soon established himself as one of Australia's leading soloists and chamber music players. 

Having studied violin initially with Gretchen Schieblich and then Ladislav Jasek at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, he completed his tertiary studies at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music under noted pedagogue Professor Jan Sedivka. 

Keith was a founding member of the Rialannah String Quartet, performed with the Petra String Quartet and was a regular member of the Australian Contemporary Music Ensemble. He held positions as Lecturer in Viola and Chamber Music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, Director and Principal Conductor of the Conservatorium Orchestra and Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra.
In 1985, he became a founding member of the Australian String Quartet based in Adelaide, a position he held for sixteen years and with which he performed in many countries, travelled widely throughout Australia and made numerous recordings. Throughout this time he held a position as a lecturer in violin, viola and chamber music, initially at the South Australian College of Advanced Education, and from 1991, as a senior lecturer at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

He has conducted concerts and recordings with the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and has been conductor of Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program and tutor in the A.Y.O Young Australian Concert Artists program on a number of occasions. He has attended many National Music camps as tutor and conductor and now divides his time between teaching, performing and conducting. In 2003, he took up the position of artistic director and conductor of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. In 2004 he was awarded the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole prize for excellence in teaching, and in 2008 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to classical music as a performer and educator.