Who I Am
I’m a contemporary classical composer, music theory instructor, pianist, writer, and father. Everything I do as a professional is informed by my artistic vision (not to mention economic necessity). With Plato and Keats, I see art as a medium for beauty and truth. As a composer, my lineage traces from Gregorian chant to Palestrina to Ligeti. My three B’s are Bach, Beethoven, and Borodin. I am also a fan of the Beatles (the fourth B), John Coltrane, Amjad Ali Khan, and Gungor. Originally from New York, I’m currently based in Phoenix where I share life with a smart and beautiful writer-speaker and our three rambunctious kids.
Gregory Kyle Klug is a contemporary classical composer and music instructor with a doctorate in music from the University of Northern Colorado. His solo album Diapason, which explores the expressive range and power of the piano, released through a successful Kickstarter in 2013. The composer’s research and other writings appear in Search Journal for New Music and Culture, The Journal of the American Liszt Society, The Philosopher Journal, Philosophical Investigations, and ProQuest which hosts his doctoral dissertation on biblical choral symphonies (2012). Dr. Klug’s work is informed by a diverse background: he studied business entrepreneurship as an undergraduate at Long Island University, creative writing at the 2004 Southampton College Writer’s Conference, and graphic art with Pam Capozzola in Westhampton Beach, NY. A native Long Islander, he is currently based in Phoenix where he enjoys life as a husband and father of three.
“Wonderful pieces. So much power!” – Kanako Koyama, pianist, on Dr. Klug’s Contingency Etudes for solo piano
“The etudes work very well as stand-alone pieces.” – Nicholas Young, pianist
“I have to say [the piano etudes] are incredibly interesting, and incredibly hard too…Diverse, rich, and very pianistic.” – Alberto Ferro, pianist