A b o u t
Kyle Randall is an internationally-performed composer currently living in San Francisco. Born and raised in the forests of New Hampshire, he began his composition career in front of the piano at age ten and has composed prolifically ever since, writing in a wide variety of genres encompassing concert music, film scores, dance suites, music for games, musical theater, electronic music, jazz, and alternative rock. Kyle's compositions have been performed across the country and abroad, in such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, La Schola Cantorum in Paris, the Oregon Bach Festival, and Harvard's Memorial Hall. He has received commissions from and worked with prominent groups such as Choral Chameleon, the Harvard Glee Club, and the Juventas Ensemble, as well as influential conductors including Matthew Oltman, Craig Hella Johnson, Vance George, and Vince Peterson. His awards and distinctions include the The American Prize, 2015 for the Kyrie of his recent "New Gothic Mass" and several other works; a finalist position for the ASCAP Morton Gould award; first prize in San Francisco Conservatory's biennial art song competition; and the Francis Boott Prize for Choral Composition and a John Knowles Paine Fellowship at Harvard.
In all of his music, Kyle strives for vividness and sincerity. His work often evokes strong notions of color, motion, and space, and he uses these to create compelling pieces that exist in their own worlds, each with their own character and a strong sense of place. Listeners have commented on his directness and clarity of expression, and appreciate his willingness to draw on the past as well as the present in his writing. In many ways, Kyle represents a new generation of 21st Century composers who do not feel bound to justify every artistic decision they make, or to subscribe to any historically-proscribed philosophy. Instead, he chooses to draw on whichever influences a piece may call for, and writes music tailored for anyone who might decide to listen.
Kyle holds a Masters degree in composition and a professional degree in technology and applied composition from San Francsico Conervatory, where he studied with David Garner and Lennie Moore, and also holds a Bachelor's in Music from Harvard University, where he studied with Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, and Richard Beaudoin. He has since studied additionally and worked with prominent media industry composers Lennie Moore, Clint Bajakian, Dren McDonald, and Austin Wintory, and has also studied conducting with Vance George, Jameson Marvin, Vince Peterson, Matthew Oltman, and Jacques Desjardins. He has also attended numerous summer programs including the Choral Chameleon Composers and Conductors Symposium, the European American Musical Alliance composition program, and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, studying with David Conte, Vince Peterson, Philip Lasser, and Robert Kyr. Kyle recently held the Composer-In-Residence position for the Empire City Men's Chorus. He currently with Bay Area Sound, providing sound and music work for interactive media companies like Telltale Games and Detour Everywhere.
Awards and Distinctions
Winner of The American Prize, 2015
Finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award
First Place: The Biennial Art Song Competition at SF Conservatory
Francis Boott Prize for Choral Composition
John Knowles Paine Fellowship from Harvard
Empire City Men's Chorus, Vince Peterson, director
-Lo How a Rose (TTBB)
-De Brevitatae Vitae
The Harvard Glee Club - When You Are Old
premiered at Carnegie Hall
Ignition Duo - Winter Landscapes for Electric Guitar Duo
The International Low Brass Trio - Chorale and Dance
Harvard University Choir - When to the Sessions
Juventas New Music Ensemble - The Automaton
Harvard Wind Ensemble - Vaporimotivus
Harvard University Band - March of the Arts