Kyle Brightwell is an avid performer/percussionist and is currently a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra percussion section, with whom he has made music and toured worldwide since 2012. He has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Army Orchestra, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (Japan), and the Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia (Brazil), among others.
Brightwell made his solo debut with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, performing James MacMillan's Veni, Veni, Emmanuel in March 2012. He is also a regular guest performer with ensemblenewSRQ, which is dedicated to the music of living and 20th-century composers. In addition to his performing career, he codirects a workshop at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and is an instructor for the Tanglewood Music Center. Brightwell is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with New York Philharmonic percussionist Daniel Druckman, and he received his master's degree from Boston University, where he studied with BSO principal timpanist Timothy Genis.