Selected Student Bios

Tristan McKay

New York-based contemporary pianist and multimedia artist Tristan McKay is a fearless explorer of uncharted musical terrain. Celebrated for his “dramatic” and “assertive” playing (New York Times), his performances have been featured across the United States as well as internationally. Mr. McKay engages with a diverse repertoire that includes seminal solo and chamber works from the twentieth century, experimental multimedia collaborations, and premieres of new works by composers worldwide. Recent New York concerts have been presented at iconic and underground venues alike, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Stone, Spectrum, The Flea Theater, and The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

Tristan McKay is a co-founder and member of new music trio Dead Language. Known for their innovative programming, theatrical performances and a dedication to music that renegotiates composer-performer identities, Dead Language has performed on both coasts of the United States as well as in Brisbane, Australia, where they presented workshops and performances as ensemble in residence at the Queensland Conservatorium. Additionally, Mr. McKay is a co-founder and member of multimedia performance duo OUTLAW, and has performed with TAK Ensemble, TACTUS under Jeffrey Milarsky, and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia under George Manahan. He has made appearances at the Queens New Music Festival, ImproTech Paris/NY Workshop, Music With A View, East Bank Music, I Speak Music, Notes on Fiction, Immediacies Series, Eavesdropping, Make Music New York, River to River Festival (all NYC), soundSCAPE Festival (Maccagno, Italy), and Powerhouse Toy Festival (Brisbane, Australia).

Tristan McKay is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Piano Performance at New York University where he studies with Dr. Marilyn Nonken. His research interests are centered on the visual representation of musical data in contemporary notations and the translational and interpretive processes they engender for performers. Mr. McKay has previously received performance degrees are from New York University (B.M.) and Manhattan School of Music (M.M. Contemporary Performance).