Kevin Kay

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Kevin Kay (b. 1995) is a 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 Cortona Sessions for New Music (2020 Cortona Prize winner), 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. 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 candidate 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

Solo Instrument


Coalescing solo cello (2022)
Thoughts on imperceptibility for solo cello (2020)
EnSNARE for snare drum and electronics (2018)

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)

Chamber Ensemble (5 - 9 instruments)


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

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Worldlines worldlines, for 14 instruments (2020)

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)
Coalescing solo cello (2022)
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)
Worldlines worldlines, for 14 instruments (2020)