First Person Bio
I’m a contemporary classical composer, music educator (currently at BASIS Ahwatukee in Phoenix), pianist, and father. As a composer, my lineage traces from Hildegard to Glass. My three B’s are Bach, Beethoven, and Borodin. I am also a fan of the Beatles (the fourth B), John Coltrane, Ravi Shankar, Band of Horses, and Sufjan Stevens. I obsess over things I love, including my top ten composers and favorite orchestral works. Originally from Long Island, I’m currently based in Arizona where I share life with Renee Ronika Bhatti-Klug and our three spirited children.
In Tuscany, 2016
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 orchestra director at BASIS Ahwatukee and enjoys life as a husband and father of three.
For Dr. Klug’s Music
“Wonderful pieces. So much power!” – Kanako Koyama, pianist
“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
For Dr. Klug’s Teaching
“[Dr. Klug] has a very good ear for harmony and composition technique.” – Yuriy V.
“Dr. Klug’s feedback on my piece was very thorough and detailed, which I really appreciated because it showed he was invested in my music and sincere in his comments. ” – Grace Y.
“Dr. Klug is a wonderful teacher and musician. He cares about his student’s progression and wants to help bring them to the next level. He is knowledgeable about music and is eager to share his knowledge with his students.” – Tyler C.
“If it weren’t for Dr. Klug, I’d still be stuck with a boring life unable to kick-start my dream career as a composer.” – Alric S.G.
For Dr. Klug’s Solo Piano Performance
“Greg played for my father’s Celebration of Life service, and did a wonderful job…He was on time, and very professional. Most importantly, he played beautifully. We were very happy to have Greg be a key part of my dad’s service.” – Molly E., 2016
On the wedding day…my guests could not stop commenting how amazing the music was and how it really made them appreciate the moment of the day.” – Erin H., 2016
“My wife and I were married in August 2013…Having the grand piano and a professional at the help really gave our wedding a touch of class that our guests appreciated. We’re so thankful to have had such a talented man and good friend play at our wedding!” – David O. 2014
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