Championed by players across Europe and the United States, San Francisco based composer Kyle Hovatter (b.1986) designs music for classical and unusual instruments. He has been recently commissioned by large ensembles including Blueprint Ensemble and San Francisco Renaissance Voices as well as more personal collaborations with soloists like theorboist Adam Cockerham. In addition to his composing, Kyle regularly performs at the piano and organ as Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco. As curator of the refugee support series “Benefit Concerts at Zion”, Mr. Hovatter fosters collaboration between artists and Interfaith Refugee Welcome.
With his catalog spanning orchestral, choral, chamber, and electronic genres, Kyle’s recent collaborators include Earplay Chamber Ensemble, Sarah Cahill, sfSound, Jeff Anderle, Blueprint Ensemble, Susan Nelson, Soo Yeon Lyuh, Nonsemble, Amy Foote, Jarring Sounds, the International Low Brass Trio, the Silver Keys Trio, and Nicole Paiement. A collection of his works have been published by Potenza, Imagine Music Publishing, and Forton Music and his music has recently been featured at Clarinet Fest.
Originally a chemistry major, Kyle Hovatter studied with Robert Coburn and Francois Rose at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. After graduating, he spent two years as the Director of Music at St. Peter School in Lodi, CA before moving to San Francisco to study with Elinor Armer at the San Francisco Conservatory and privately with Belinda Reynolds. He serves on the board of the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, is an active musician in San Francisco, a member of the International Orange Chorale, and a student of Dan Becker’s. Mr. Hovatter has a private piano studio and works as the organist and Director of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in San Francisco.
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