Kevin Bernstein


Bushwick, Brooklyn. Photo by Erik Bernstein

    Kevin Bernstein is a Brooklyn based keyboardist who is building attention for his soulful harmonies and fiery technical ability. At age 25, he is building a colorful career in music. He plays everything from r&b, pop, and jazz, to latin and funk. Kevin has worked as a keyboardist accompanying singers, recording under pressure, performing piano hits at bars, touring the US, and backing up a fashion show on a roof. Kevin has performed at well known venues in several cities across the country: Irving Plaza, SOB's, Dizzy's in NYC, 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 started learning piano at 8 years old and a few years later he got curious and started to teach himself jazz and rock after exploring his family's music collection. He started gigging at age 14 with his older brother's jam band. As a teenager he trekked to Los Angeles to study with renowned pianists like Josh Nelson, Eric Reed, and Adam Benjamin. While in high school Kevin performed around Southern California with older musicians and got to perform with acclaimed musicians including: Shelia E, Leslie Drayton, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Mark Turner, Doug Webb, and Tony Dumas.

    In 2010, He moved to NYC to study at the Manhattan School of Music. He studied with Mark Soskin, Vijay Iyer and drummer John Riley. Since graduating from college, Kevin has performed with Stanley Banks (George Benson), Roy Hargrove, Alice Tan Ridley, Jamie Kilstein, Donny McCaslin, Bobby Sanabria, and singers Natalie Cressman, Jason Ewald, CJ Holland, Anais Aida, and Rachel Ann Weiss.

    Kevin has been teaching for the past 9 years. He has taught several students ages 5-56, in styles ranging from jazz to classical to pop. He currently teaches students at Church Street School of Music in Tribeca. Kevin has a patient and personal approach to teaching; he uses classical training and his experience to instruct his students.

Kevin graduated from MSM in 2014 and is now living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He works as a freelance keyboardist and private teacher in the NYC area.