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Percussionist Kyle Brightwell joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2012–2013 season, and occupies the Peter Lurie chair at the BSO.

Brightwell began his musical studies on piano and guitar at age four, and began focusing on percussion studies at age eleven. Ini addition to the BSO, he has performed with the U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Army Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica da Bahia (Brazil), Boston Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony, among others. Future and recent performances include those with Kansas City Symphony and at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan), as well as his solo debut with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra performing James MacMillan's Veni, Veni, Emmanuel in March 2012.

Brightwell's summer engagements have included fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and National Orchestral Institute. In summer 2012 he taught at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute (BUTI), where he spent three years as a student while in high school.

In addition to his performance and teaching careers, Kyle Brightwell is dedicated to community outreach through music. While living in New York City, he was a faculty member at the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program (MAP) for underprivileged inner-city youth, and was also appointed a Fellow of the Gluck Community Service Fellowship (GCSF), for which he performed concerts throughout New York in homeless shelters, psychiatric wards, AIDS centers, and many more venues in need of music.

B.M. The Juilliard School, M.M. Boston University. Studies with New York Philharmonic percussionist Daniel Druckman, BSO timpanist Timothy Genis.

Photo by Marco Borggreve, courtesy BSO