As a pianist since elementary school, Kyle Johnson has devoted most of his life to music. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he is now based in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is a DMA degree candidate in piano performance at the UW, studying under Christopher Taylor. Kyle’s performance experience includes concerts with the Boston New Music Initiative, the Longitude Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and many solo recitals in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southern U.S. He has been a fellow at the Brevard Music Festival (Brevard, NC), New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (Boston, MA), and Pianofest in the Hamptons (East Hampton, NY). In summer 2016, Kyle performed the music of Olivier Messiaen at the Aldeburgh Festival in England (directed by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard), and studied at the Chautauqua Festival in New York. As a pianist body double, his hands are featured in the movie Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman (score by Philip Glass, released March 2013). Kyle co-founded the Madison-based ensemble Sound Out Loud, an interactive contemporary music ensemble. Past teaching instruction has come from Robert Marler and Hugh Hinton, with extra support from Peter Serkin and Paul Schenly.