Dr. Kyle Adam Blair has been teaching pianists and coaching singers in the San Diego area since 2011. Within the Villa Musica community Dr. Kyle currently teaches at the La Jolla Country Day School twice a week, and is a frequent substitute piano teacher and accompanist for student recitals.
His pianistic interests lie in complexity and lyricism. His major focuses are on the creation of new works in collaboration with composers, and the performance of the American piano repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the music of Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, and Stuart Saunders Smith.
Outside of his frequent engagements as a solo and collaborative pianist in Southern California, Blair’s most memorable performances have included world premieres of Bruno Ruviaro’s twelve Pos-Tudos piano etudes in San Francisco and Santa Clara, the premiere of Stuart Saunders Smith’s Family Portraits: Sylvia at 70 in Hartford, CT, and concerts with Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars in Seattle and Los Angeles.
His curiosities regarding song and theatre spark frequent collaborations with actors, singers, and dancers. Most recently, he has worked closely with Grammy-winning soprano Susan Narucki as the repetiteur and vocal coach for premieres of contemporary operas, most notably Lei Liang’s Inheritance and Stephen Lewis’s Noon at Dusk.
Blair received his D.M.A. in Contemporary Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego in 2018, under the mentorship of Aleck Karis.