Peter B. Kay is a composer, a scholar, a musician, and a cyclist living in South Carolina.
His compositions have been described as “charming,” “cinematic,” and “beautifully organic.” Often incorporating folk & blues harmonies and lyrical, recitative-like lines, his works are typically episodic – several smaller parts that are connected but individually framed. His research interests are wide ranging (as this blog illustrates), and he is a dedicated cyclist racing with the globalbike Elite Team.
Peter attended Furman University where he studied composition under Mark Kilstofte and sat principal chair double bass in the symphony. He continued his studies at the University of South Carolina where he worked with composers John Fitz Rogers, Samuel Douglas, and Reginald Bain and assisted with the award winning Southern Exposure New Music Series. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition with additional interests in Film Sound/Scoring and the philosophy and history of Musical Humor.
In 2013, Peter founded Treefalls Music, a non-profit organization that promotes a series of concerts in the upstate of South Carolina devoted to unperformed / underperformed contemporary chamber music.