Bio

Kevin von der Heydt, Pianist

Kevin von der Heydt, Pianist

Kevin von der Heydt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and started studying the piano at the age of four. He is a graduate “magna cum laude” of the widely acclaimed Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington Indiana, where he received his Bachelorʼs and Masterʼs degrees in piano performance. While there, he was also a favorite accompanist for the students of the Distinguished Professor of Violin, Josef Gingold.

Following his university studies, Kevin worked in Mexico City, and the Braunschweig State Theatre in Germany as an accompanist and music coach. After a short stint as a freelance musician in New York City, he accepted a full-time position at The Greenbrier Hotel as pianist where he worked for many years performing a wide variety of classical pieces with violin, as well as playing solo and various other performances.

Kevin has been developing a series of “Concert and Commentary” programs that focus on bringing a single composer’s life and works to a greater understanding with the audience. He has presented the complete Chopin Nocturnes in two programs, a Beethoven sonata program, and a program of Debussy’s piano works. It has been written that Kevin plays with a “most beautiful balance of heart and mind.”