Kevin Bernstein

Pianist/Keyboardist/Songwriter

Bushwick, Brooklyn. Photo by Erik Bernstein

    Kevin Bernstein is a Queens based keyboardist who is garnering attention for his soulful harmonies and fiery technical ability. At age 26, he already has a colorful career in music. He knows several styles but loves playing r&b, pop, jazz, and funk. Kevin has accompanied singers, recorded a number of albums, performed solo and with bands all over NYC, toured the US, and one time even backed up a fashion show on a garden roof. Kevin has performed at venues like Irving Plaza, SOB's, Bell House, Dizzy's, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Burlington Jazz Festival, the Blue Whale in LA, The Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, The Deerhead Inn in Pennsylvania to name a few.

    Hailing from Ventura, California, Kevin began taking piano lessons at 8 years old and a few years later got inspired and started to teach himself jazz and rock after exploring his family's music collection. His first gig was at age 14 with his older brother's jam band. As a high schooler he trekked to Los Angeles to study with renowned pianists Josh Nelson, Eric Reed, and Adam Benjamin and hang out at jam sessions. While in high school Kevin was lucky to get to perform with seasoned musicians including: Shelia E, Leslie Drayton, Larry Grenadier, Doug Webb, and Tony Dumas.

    In 2010, He moved to NYC to study at the Manhattan School of Music. He studied with piano titans Mark Soskin, Vijay Iyer and drummer John Riley. Since graduating from college, Kevin has performed with several bands and artists including: Alice Tan Ridley, Jamie Kilstein, Stanley Banks, Donny McCaslin, Bobby Sanabria, Natalie Cressman, J. Hoard, Sirintip, Jason Ewald, Gil Harwin, and Rachel Ann Weiss. He currently is playing in the funk fusion band Prismatic, which has a weekly residency at the Williamsburg Hotel.

    Kevin has been teaching privately for the past 10 years. He has taught several students ages 4-56, in styles ranging from jazz to classical to pop. He currently teaches at The Church Street School of Music in Tribeca. Kevin has a patient and individual approach to teaching and uses all of the wisdom taught by his teachers to elevate students to new levels.

Kevin graduated from MSM in 2014 and is now living in Ridgewood, Queens. He can frequently be found at a studio working on his solo EP to be released in 2018.