Kyle Brightwell

Kyle Brightwell

Lecturer in Music, Percussion; Director, Percussion Workshop, BU Tanglewood Institute

Kyle Brightwell joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2012-13 season. He began his musical studies on piano and guitar at age four, and began focusing on percussion studies at age eleven. An avid performer/percussionist living in Boston, Mr. Brightwell has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Army Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica da Bahia (Brazil), Boston Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony, among others. Future and recent performances include those with Kansas City Symphony and the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan), as well as his solo debut with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra performing James MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel in March 2012.

Mr. Brightwell’s summer engagements have included fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and National Orchestral Institute. In summer 2012 he taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), where he spent three years as a student while in high school. In addition to his performance career, Kyle Brightwell is very dedicated to community outreach through music.

While living in New York City, he was a faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program (MAP) for underprivileged inner-city youth, and was also appointed a fellow of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship (GCSF), for which he performed concerts throughout New York in homeless shelters, psychiatric wards, AIDS centers, and many more venues in need of music.

Kyle Brightwell is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with New York Philharmonic percussionist Daniel Druckman. He received his master’s degree in 2012 from the Boston University School of Music, where he studied with BSO principal timpanist Timothy Genis.