Keith Puddy studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was principal clarinet with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir John Barbolli. He returned to London to devote more time to chamber music and solo music. He has been a member of many of the leading chamber ensembles, notably the Music Group of London (now London Music Phoenix) and the London Wind Trio. He has twice been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to study early clarinets and 18th century virtuosi. He has made numerous recordings.