Contemporary Classical Composer


Who I Am

I’m a contemporary classical composer, music educator (currently orchestra director 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 Sufjan. Originally from New York, I’m currently based in Phoenix where I share life with a smart and beautiful writer-speaker and our three energetic kids.

In Tuscany, 2016

Third-Person Bio

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. 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. His doctoral dissertation on biblical choral symphonies is published in UNC’s digital database. 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 orchestra director at BASIS Ahwatukee and 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