A strong advocate for social equality, pianist Kyle Walker believes music can speak to social issues better than verbal language can, the understanding of which he brings to both traditional Western repertoire and that of the living world-wide composers with whom he collaborates.
As an advocate of social justice Walker is a founding member and chamber music producer of The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra and collective which supports NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.
Kyle performs with the group Sanctuary Project NYC. The ensemble, composed of classically trained musicians and dancers, creates original productions through a collaborative rehearsal process, centered around structured improvisation.
His performances have been featured on media broadcasts including WQXR’s Mcgraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase, NPR’s Public Radio East, and UNC-TV, to name a few. Recently, he made his solo debut at New York’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, performed the Schumann piano concerto with the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra, as well as presenting solo performances at Steinway Hall NYC, The Queens Museum, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, The House of the Redeemer, National Opera America, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Birmingham Jefferson Concert Hall in Alabama, and the innovative music and multimedia venue Spectrum NYC. His festival performances include the Tibor Varga Music Festival, Switzerland, The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, NC, The Ferrara Chamber Music Festival, VA, Enso String Quartet Chamber Music Festival, CT, the Beethoven Institute, NYC and PianoFest in the Hamptons, NY.
Mr. Walker is the 1st prize winner of the 2013 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, also having taken 1st prize in The National Talent Hunt of Omega Psi Phi, and the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Young Artist competitions.
As a chamber musician, he is a frequent collaborator in premiere performance projects with living composers such as John Link, Courtney Bryan, Brian Erickson, Matthew Lyon, Timothy Messina and Joan Szymko, whose work he premiered at the American Choral Directors Association in Memphis TN.
A dedicated teacher, Walker maintains an extremely active teaching studio compiled of private students as well as a piano studio at the Fort Lee School of Music.
Kyle Walker received his Masters of Music from Mannes College, The New School for Music under the tutelage of Thomas Sauer. He holds a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in addition to a special degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and has studied with Benjamin Hochman, Keiko Sekino, Henry Doskey, and Clifton Matthews. Walker has received generous support of his upcoming artistic endeavors from the Peter M. Gross Fund.
He is currently touring with a solo performance project entitled Bach to BlackNotes, which features works of J.S. Bach juxtaposed with the music of neglected composers of color who speak to issues of oppression and inequality. See and hear more of Kyle Walker's musicianship on Instagram @klassicalkyle and on Facebook.com/kylewalkerpiano.