Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Kyle Turner has lived and freelanced in New York City for more than 30 years. Currently principal tubist with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Mr. Turner performed and toured the world in over 500 concerts with the New York Philharmonic as acting interim principal from 2001 to 2004. He is the only tuba player in the world who has held a principal position in a major orchestra and also been awarded the Walter W. Naumburg chamber music prize, which he was awarded in 1992 with the Saturday Brass Quintet.
In addition, Mr. Turner has performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, YoYo Ma, John Williams, Wynton Marsalis, André Previn, Paul McCartney, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Dave Brubeck, James Taylor, Metallica, and Cold Play at the 45th Grammy Awards, among many others. Mr. Turner has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet Orchestra, New York City Opera Orchestra, Orpheus, American Composers Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Metropolitan Opera Brass, Canadian Brass (collaboration), German Brass (collaboration), Harmonic Brass of Munich, Solid Brass, American Horn Quartet, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, and numerous Broadway show orchestras.
Mr. Turner has played for many major motion picture soundtracks, radio and television commercials, and Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts. He can also be heard on over 25 records, including his first solo recording, Expressions: The Heart of the Tuba.