Kevin Kay

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Kevin Kay (b. 1995) is a New York City based composer who is inspired by how sound behaves physically in our world. His music utilizes physically and mathematically oriented harmonic languages centered on just-intonation. Psychoacoustics often informs his work, which becomes entangled with both the harmonic space and the temporal structure/process. Recurring threads in his body of work include the notions of duality and symmetry.

Festivals that have performed Kevin’s music include: the International Workshop for Young Composers, IRCAM’s ManiFeste Academy, Les Ecoles d’Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, New Music on the Point, the Yarn/Wire Institute, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the National Student Electronic Music Event, the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, and the Charlotte New Music Festival. Furthermore, Kevin was named the winner of the Cortona Prize 2020. Kevin’s music has been performed by ensembles such as Divertimento Ensemble, Spektral Quartet, Imani Winds, PinkNoise Ensemble, Ghost Ensemble, The City of Tomorrow, MotoContrario Ensemble, and the Brouwer Trio. As a clarinetist, he performs his own solo works.

Kevin is currently a PhD student at Stony Brook University. He holds an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Physics and Music (double major) from the College of William and Mary. His teachers include Margaret Schedel, Nirmali Fenn, Sam Pluta, and Sophia Serghi.

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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Dx/dt for 4 violins or 4 violas or 4 cellos or 4 double basses (2020)
Damped for violin and cello (2019)
Reaching for string quartet and electronics (2018)

Solo Instrument


Thoughts on imperceptibility for solo cello (2020)
EnSNARE for snare drum and electronics (2018)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


Below our ears for septet (2020)
Duality ii for ensemble and electronics (2019)
Quiver for wind quintet (2018)

Pierrot Ensemble (fl, cl, vln, vlc, piano)


Duality ii for ensemble and electronics (2019)

Concert Band


Thixotropic for wind ensemble (2019)

String Quartet


Reaching for string quartet and electronics (2018)

Woodwind Quintet


Quiver for wind quintet (2018)
Below our ears for septet (2020)
Damped for violin and cello (2019)
Duality ii for ensemble and electronics (2019)
Dx/dt for 4 violins or 4 violas or 4 cellos or 4 double basses (2020)
EnSNARE for snare drum and electronics (2018)
Quiver for wind quintet (2018)
Reaching for string quartet and electronics (2018)
Thixotropic for wind ensemble (2019)
Thoughts on imperceptibility for solo cello (2020)