Kyle Grimm is a composer who specializes in both acoustic and electronic mediums, writing for the concert hall, dance, and film. He strives to strike a balance between the gritty with the beautiful through juxtaposition, layering, and synthesis. He received his D.M.A. in Music composition from The Hartt School, where he studied with Robert Carl, David Macbride, Ken Steen and Gilda Lyons, as well as serve as teacher's assistant to Mark Orton for the graduate film scoring seminar. Kyle has since returned to The Hartt School as an adjunct professor to teach Music Technology.


Kyle frequently performs his own works whether they be solo or chamber. He has curated, composed, and performed a recital of works for solo bass and live electroncis titled Bass on Bass on Bass. Most recently he performed alongside his colleagues in his multimedia work L'inferno Etudes. He has also played double bass under the direction of Robert Black in the Hartt Bass Band and David Macbride in the Hartt Composers Ensemble.


Kyle received an artist fellowship from Connecticut Office of the Arts in 2019 for excellence in his field. He is a Kountz Fund scholar through his exemplary work in the composition department in the 2015-16 school year. In 2014 Kyle was a recipient of the Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant to help realize his goals of self-promotion and score submissions. Other awards include talent scholarships from The Hartt School (2013-2017) as well as the Graduate Electronic Fellowship and Departmental Assistantship.


Kyle's compositions have featured on many different concerts and series, including: Hartford New Music Festival, Uncertainty Music SeriesBass+Electronics (Robert Black, curator), Garmany Concert Series, Hartt Electronic Music Concert Series (Ken Steen, curator), Border Crossings (Brad Sherman, curator), New Music Now PDX (Andrew Stiefel, curator), Awakenings Concert Series, Hartt Composers Ensemble Concert Series (David Macbride, director), Public Works Concert Series, and Foot in the Door Collaboration Series. He has had his works performed by numerous ensembles and soloists across the country, including: Kamraton, Iktus percussion quartet, Contemporary Columbus, ensemble 4Saxess, Hartford New Music Collective, Olivia Harris, Andrey Stolyarov, Lauren Perala, Foot in the Door, and Hartt Composers Ensemble.

Kyle recently wrote the music for the video game Hold the Fort, by Monster Tooth Studios, which is currently on Steam. He also wrote the title song for the short film The Autumn Waltz, currently on Amazon Prime.


Kyle is currently the director of the Hartford New Music Festival.


© 2019 by Kyle Grimm