Violinist Kyle Venlet joined the Knoxville Symphony in October 2019. Formerly, he was Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and performed with Midland, Lansing, Battle Creek, West Michigan, and Southwest MI Symphony Orchestras. He has been featured on KSO’s Q Series at the Elks Lodge, the Bill and Joanne Church West Circle Series (East Lansing, MI), Cello Plus Chamber Festival Series, and Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival Series. Venlet has collaborated with cellist Suren Bagratuni and his chamber orchestra Camerata Michigan, violist Yuri Gandelsman and his ensemble Ad Libitum Chamber Group, and the International Chamber Soloists led by violinist Dmitri Berlinsky. He can be heard on the Blue Griffin Label in the album Past Perfect, featuring oboist Jared Hauser and Ad Libitum Chamber Group.
Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Venlet began playing violin at the age of 11 in his public school orchestra program. In high school, he served as Concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. He earned degrees from Central Michigan University (B.M.) and Michigan State University (M.M.), and is currently a Doctoral candidate at MSU. His teachers include Dmitri Berlinsky, Seunghee Lee, and Christopher Martin, and he received chamber and orchestral training from Yvonne Lam, I-Fu Wang, Yuri Gandelsman, and David Holland.
Venlet spends his summers in Green Bay, WI as a Teaching Artist in the Music for the Sake of Music Community Program, a non-profit which provides free lessons to students of all ages. Outside of music, he enjoys studying foreign language and culture, cooking vegetarian food, and all things nature.