"Singing with a pure, centered sound and impeccable diction, he’s a natural-born storyteller. At times the lead vocalist of a rock band, at times an art-song singer, and at others a shy poet, he had you hanging onto his every word...his attributes made for a memorable listening experience."
Brian Kay is a modern-day troubadour. Hailed as a “Far-ranging”, "Brilliant", and “Exciting"-Cleveland.com, Brian performs throughout the world as a solo artist, and with a number of critically acclaimed ensembles. He has appeared on more than 10 album releases at the age of 33. His recent projects include original folk music release Meditations, "Play, Music!" a one-man show featuring music from the plays of Shakespeare performed at the Folger Theater, and the co-direction of a Mediterranean music program with Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra: Apollo’s Fire entitled “Tarantella”. His upcoming schedule has him touring England and Ireland to perform traditional American music.
His live radio appearances include NPR, Baltimore's WYPR, Baltimore's 98ROCK, Boston's WGBH, and Cleveland's WCLV. He has recorded with record labels Avie and Sono Luminus.
He is a core member of Apollo's Fire and regularly performs with Hesperus, Twa Corbies, The Folger Consort, Three Notch'd Road, Eya, Early Music Access Project, and is a founding member of the early music improvisation group Divisio.
Brian is on the music faculty at Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He was awarded with an Artistic Leadership fellowship in 2018 by Cleveland’s Baroque Orchestra: Apollo’s Fire. Mr. Kay has lectured on music and history at Yale University, The Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, The Maltz Center, the Folger Theater, the Kennedy Center, and Baldwin-Wallace College to name a few. He was Artist in Residence at the Cushman School in Miami in 2012 and has done outreach for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and prisons across the country.