Contemporary Classical Composer

About

Who I Am

I’m a contemporary classical composer, music educator (currently at BASIS Ahwatukee in Phoenix), pianist, writer, and father. As a composer, my lineage traces from Palestrina to Chopin 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 Joanna Newsom. Originally from Long Island, I’m currently based in Arizona where I share life with a beautiful woman and our three wonderful children.

In Tuscany, 2016

Third-Person Bio

Gregory Kyle Klug is a contemporary classical composer and music educator with a doctorate in music from the University of Northern Colorado. His solo album Diapason explores the expressive range and power of the piano, and released through a successful Kickstarter in 2013. His compositions and arrangements are published with MMHC Music Publications and his own Firth Publications. Dr. Klug’s research and other writings, furthermore, appear in Search Journal for New Music and Culture, The Journal of the American Liszt Society, The Philosopher Journal, Janus Head, Philosophical Investigations. Dr. Klug’s work is informed by a diverse background: he studied piano performance with Vergie Amendola at UNC, business entrepreneurship as an undergraduate at Long Island University, creative writing with Bharati Mukherjee 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 serves as a music teacher at BASIS Ahwatukee and enjoys life as a husband and father of three.

Laud

“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