The music of Kyle Rivera (b. 1996) is dynamic, intriguing, and energetic. Through the use of bold gestures and nuanced effect, he creates musical narratives that are vibrant and compelling. He continually seeks out a wide variety of sonorities in order to best capture the human experience.

Kyle is a Colorado-based composer and violist. Starting in the fall of 2022, Kyle will enroll at the Yale School of Music to earn a Master of Music Composition degree as a Laitman Award recipient. He earned a BM in Music Composition and Viola Performance from the University of Houston with a Minor in Kinesiology. His principal teachers were Dr. Rob Smith for composition and Suzanne LeFevre for Viola. He has also studied composition with Jimmy Lopez, Reiko Fueting, Martin Bresnick, Pierre Jalbert, and David Ludwig. Kyle has performed as a member of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, with Sphinx Virtuosi, the Ariel Quartet, and the world-renowned Houston Ballet Academy. He has participated as a fellow at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, Fresh Inc Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival. This summer, he will be a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival.

As a composer, his music has been performed in numerous cities, on public radio, and by various ensembles. Past collaborations include the Houston Symphony, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, KINETIC EnsembleHouston Grand Opera Co., Fifth House Ensemble, Opus Illuminate, 10th Wave Chamber Music Collective, the Chelsea Music Festival, the Kenari Quartet, Kingwood Park High School, as well as Grammy award-winning violist Nathan Schram.