For Cape Town-born performer, musical director, solo artist and concert pianist, Kyle Petersen, there was no turning back after playing his first note on the piano at the tender age of four years old ‒ as music would soon become the driving force and passion in his life.
Kyle started singing professionally at the age of nine and soon thereafter landed his first musical role in the theatre production, Evita, held at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.
By the age of 16, Kyle had already performed in nine major opera productions with principal roles in two of them ‒ Tosca and Amahl and the Night Visitors. As a consummate theatre performer, it was evident that he was destined to pursue a full-time career in the arts.
Just after reaching his 18th birthday, Kyle had completed 14 years of classical piano and vocal training, and his love for music was affirmed when he chose to pursue a full time career in music.
The love for music runs deep in the Petersen family, as younger brother Darren now also works an a successful drummer – having also performed alongside Kyle on numerous local and international projects, as well as for various top South African performers on stage.
Some of the top SA artists Kyle was worked with include Danny K, Toya Delazy, Blackbyrd, Chad Saaiman, Elvis Blue and Zahara.
These days, Kyle works as Musical Director and has now directed more than 30 shows for IMAX, Sun International, CTICC, Emperors Palace, Monte Casino & Artscape Theatre.
In 2011, Kyle released his début solo album, PROJECT ONE, which saw him stepping into the front stage, after having spent many years working behind the scenes in the music industry.
In 2014 Kyle jetted of to the USA where he studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston USA, specialising in pop/rock keyboard performance. Due to his excellence and performances on stage throughout his time at Berklee College of Music, Kyle was also selected as a member of the prestigious Berklee All Stars 2014 fraternity.
In 2015, Kyle reconnected with music producer and former 10CC band member, Duncan Mackay (who executive produced Kyle's début album in 2011), who in turn introduced Kyle's work to international music producer and songwriter, Mick Evans, who was working with Australian artist, Rebeka Rain, at the time.
Mick was impressed with Kyle's talent and instantly a musical connection between the two were formed ‒ with Kyle flying to Sydney to join Rebeka in studio and lending his vocals to a number of songs on her project. A few of these songs have since started received airplay in Berlin, New York, London, Nashville and San Francisco in 2015 and 2016 and it seems there's no stopping Kyle's mark on the international music scene.
Prior to working with Mick Evans in 2015, Kyle penned his current track, EASY TO LOVE, which he subsequently recorded with Rebeka and Mick in studio upon his arrival in Australia. The single, which sees Kyle, Rebeka, his brother Darren perform together as a group under the stage name, LIFE, is set to be released in Europe in April 2016.
Kyle is also the official South African Ambassador for Roland Keyboards, touring nationally and internationally representing their brand. He is also currently putting the finishing touches to his second solo musical album, which is set for release later this year.
PERFORMANCES & APPEARANCES
Artscape Opera: "Evita", "La Boheme", "La Boheme Noir", "Turandot"; and with principal roles in "Tosca" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
Soloist for theme song in "Miss World Beauty Pageant"
Soloist with CTPO for "Selfish Giant recital"
"Carl Orff's Carmina Burana": Spier Amphitheatre
Bergvliet High Singers chamber choir: Performed at Eisteddfods, with the S.A Navy Band, in St. Georges Cathedral, Artscape for festivals, at Groot Constantia wine estate etc. Also the first boy ever selected to be part of this elite group as well as soloist for all big works.
Starlight Cruises (Olympia Countess): Performed 5 nights per week upon this vessel. He sang and played keyboards. The repertoire ranged from jazz standards to heavy rock and dance music.
Rotary Symphonic Pops: He took up the role of solo concert pianist and accompanist with the 50 piece Cape Town Symphonic Orchestra
62278: IMAX theatre
Ebony and Ivory Show: CTICC
Milestones to the Millennium: The Theatre on The Bay
Myths and Legends: Baxter Theatre
Corazon Latino: Tour to Grahamstown
Battle of the bands: Winners of 2004 – Dockside
Bastille: 3 years with original funk-rock band
Long Street Festival: performing with numerous acts.
Celtic Rock: Barnyard Theatre
Rockerfellas: Keys & Vocals - 2010/11
Motown Magic: Roxy Theatre, Sun International
Country Classics: Roxy Theatre, Sun International
Piano Man: Roxy Theatre, Sun International
Rock Evolution 1 & 2: IMAX
SAMAs 2013: Keyboardist and keyboard technical production advisor
Crazy Little Thing: Barans Theatre
Crazy Little Thing 2 : Barans Theatre
Let's Mix It: Baxter Theatre
Footsteps to Freedom: IMAX
007 Tribute: On Broadway
Under the Influence: Roxy Theatre, Sun International
Station 70: Roxy Theatre, Sun International
That 80's Show: Roxy Theatre, Sun International
Remember the Time: CTICC
The Wonder Years: CTICC
KFM Christmas Wish Concert: Grand Arena
90’s Mania – Sun International
Boogie Wonderland – CTICC
The Queen Experience – Atterbury Theatre & Johannesburg Theatre
That 80’s Show – Theatre of Marcellus – Emperors Palace
The Music of Queen – The World Forum Theatre in The Hague.
The Music of Queen – Rai Theatre, Amsterdam
The Music of Queen – State Theatre