Multifaceted composer and pianist, Kyle Krause has gained recognition as a musician of great depth and excellence. He endeavors to create and perform music at the highest caliber, using a broad palette of colors, textures, and nuance. His music is often inspired by the world around him and his avid love for history, science, and nature.
Kyle has won and received many awards and honors for his skills in both composition and piano. The most notable of these being the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition (full scholarship to Brevard Music Center), 1st place in the Northern Illinois University Concerto Competition (becoming the first person to do so with an original composition), the 2014 Northern Illinois University College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Award (for outstanding artistry, contributions, and academic achievement). Kyle was selected as one of three composers to participate in the 2014-15 Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University Honor’s Ensemble Program, as well as one of five composers to participate in the 2015-16 Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University Opera Etudes Program. Kyle was awarded the Otto Ortmann Award in Composition (for his contributions to the musical and educational life at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University). He was also awarded 1st place in the 2016 Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University DeLillo Composition Competition. Kyle was just recently a finalist in the 2017 BMI Student Composer Competition. His most recent collaborations include writing for Arcomusical, the Milieu Percussion Quartet, the Great Lakes Steel Pan Festival, and steel pannist-percussionist Mike Schwebke.
Kyle currently holds a BM in both composition and piano performance from Northern Illinois University. While there, he studied piano with Dr. William Goldenberg and composition with Dr. David Maki, Dr. Robert Fleisher, and Dr. Ted Hatmaker. Kyle recently completed his MM in composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Dr. Kevin Puts. As an advocator of music education, Kyle is currently teaching piano, theory, and composition privately in northern Illinois. He has also been on the faculty of the International School of Music in Bethesda, Maryland.