is an award-winning American composer, pianist, and recording artist producing contemporary instrumental and solo piano music. He has released three contemporary piano instrumental albums and published two sheet music songbooks.
Brian's latest release, Butterfly Rapture
, is a collection of twelve original solo piano neoclassical pieces with jazz, gospel, and Celtic influences. The album, Kelly's third studio album, was awarded Best Instrumental/Piano Album
in the Akedemia Music Awards (February 2016), and was awarded three medals from the Global Music Awards: a Silver Medal for Album
(June 2016), a Silver Medal for Composition/Composer
of the title-track “Butterfly Rapture” (June 2016), and a Bronze Medal for Instrumental Performance Solo
(March 2016). Butterfly Rapture was nominated 2015 “Contemporary and Modern” Album of the Year
by SoloPiano.com and “Piano Escapade,” the opening track, was nominated for a 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) in the New Age/Ambient
category. The album charted #4 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay Chart in January 2016.
Brian’s previous album, Afterplay
, was awarded second place in the “Best Instrumental Jazz Album” category of the Just Plain Folks Music Awards; and “Celtic Fire,” track #8 from the album, was nominated "Best Instrumental Jazz Song." Afterplay
ranked third on the New Age Reporter Top 100 Radio Chart for three months in a row (November 2008 thru January 2009) and was chosen as a “Best of 2008” pick by Audiosyncracy.
Brian's debut album, Pools of Light
, charted #1 on the Zone Music Reporter radio charts for two months in a row (June and July 2005) and garnered him a “Best New Artist” nomination in the 2005 Lifestyle Music Awards. Pools of Light
was named among the Top 40 Favorite CDs of the Decade (2000-2009) by Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com.
Brian was Keyboard Magazine’s Annual Reader Tape Contest winner for the recording of his composition “Todd Pond,” which is included on the flexi-disc Soundpage in the February 1990 issue. His music has been featured in television (Travel Channel, BBC Worldwide, MTV
), film (NBA Entertainment
), in-flight programming (United, JetBlue, Continental, Southwest
), and receives airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks around the world (Music Choice, XM Radio, Pandora, Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio
). His sheet music songbooks, published by Skylight Music, include: Pools of Light Solo Piano Songbook
and Tomorrow’s Daydream Solo Piano Songbook
Born in New York City, Brian grew up in Palo Alto, California. He began his piano studies at age 8, creating pieces for his mother who played classical piano at home and violin for a community opera company. Brian has extensive experience as a stage actor and singer, having performed in numerous plays and musical theatre productions, including several leading roles at TheatreWorks and the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. He studied music composition with Roland Wiggins at Hampshire College and Lewis Spratlan at Amherst College; improvisation with members of the world-fusion group Oregon (Ralph Towner and Paul McCandless) and pianist Art Lande at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado; and jazz piano with Andy Laverne in New York City.
Brian is a graduate of Hampshire College, a voting member of The Recording Academy, and currently resides with his wife and their two tuxedo cats in the San Francisco Bay Area.
• 2015 Butterfly Rapture
• 2008 Afterplay
• 2005 Pools of Light
• 2011 Pools of Light Solo Piano Songbook
• 2011 Tomorrow's Daydream Solo Piano Songbook
“...POOLS OF LIGHT is a lush, sparkling journey into a beautiful world of elegant melodies and brilliant artistry. The music rises and falls in powerful, yet gentle, waves of emotion... a totally captivating collection of original compositions…” - SmoothJazz.com
”A talent worth watching” - Keyboard Magazine
“Kelly's music has that wonderful dream-like quality that comes out of the mist and pulls you towards the light” - New Age Reporter
“The CD has a wonderful flow and cohesiveness, creating an uplifting and relaxing musical experience... Very highly recommended” - Kathy Parsons
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