Simon P. Keefe
Born (1968-12-24) 24 December 1968 (age 55)
Occupation(s)Musicologist, author
EmployerUniversity of Sheffield

Simon Patrick Keefe (born December 24, 1968) is an English musicologist, author, and Mozart expert. Born in Leicester,[1] he was educated at the University of Cambridge, Boston University and Columbia University. After being awarded his PhD at Columbia in 1997,[2] he was appointed to a lectureship at Christ Church, Oxford, and then lectured at Queen's University Belfast in 1999. In 2003, he took up a post at City, University of London, where he became a professor of music. In 2008, he was appointed to the James Rossiter Hoyle Chair of Music at the University of Sheffield. As of 2024, Keefe is also serving a three-year term as president of the Royal Musical Association.[1]

Keefe specialises in Mozart, and is the only British member of the Salzburg-based Akademie für Mozart-Forschung of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, as of 2005. Keefe has also written on other composers such as Haydn and Beethoven, and has also studied Wagner, the concerto, and 20th-century French popular song.

Keefe is a life-long fan of Aston Villa F.C.[1]

Work and publications


Edited books

Media engagement

Keefe has appeared in BBC Two's film, Mozart in Prague: Rolando Villázon on Don Giovanni (2014), for which he was principal musicological consultant.[1] He has also appeared as a contributor to two BBC Two Newsnight films (2007, 2008) and Deutsche Welle's In Mozart's Footsteps: London (2006), alongside various radio appearances.[1]


The Mozart Society of America awarded Keefe's 2012 monograph Mozart's Requiem: Reception Work and Completion the Marjorie Weston Emerson Award in 2013, for the best book or edition published in 2011 or 2012.

Mozart in Context was named one of the "best classical music book releases of 2019" by the BBC Music Magazine, and received an "Outstanding Academic Title" award from the magazine Choice (American Library Association).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Simon Keefe – Academic Staff – Staff – Music". University of Sheffield. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  2. ^ Simon Patrick Keefe. Dialogue in the first movements of Mozart's Viennese piano concertos (Ph.D. thesis). Columbia University. OCLC 38085381. Retrieved 28 February 2023.