Kymry Esainko


Pianist Kymry Esainko is known for his wide-ranging musical versatility.  Kymry is the principal pianist for the Santa Rosa Symphony and accompanies the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the choral program at the Head-Royce School, and the Pacific Boychoir Academy.  His work as a vocal and choral accompanist has taken him to concert halls around the world including Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the KKL in Lucerne, Switzerland, accompanying artists as varied as vocalist Ute Lemper, cellist Johannes Moser, and Persian vocalist and tombak player Homayoun Shajarian.  An accomplished jazz and improvisatory pianist, Kymry has played for Matt Small’s Crushing Spiral Ensemble and the Club Foot Orchestra, which played an original score to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis at the SFJAZZ Center, the Castro Theatre, and the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.  Kymry graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music with degrees in piano performance and American history.  He studied classical piano with Frank Wasko, Peter Takacs, and Sanford Margolis, and jazz piano with Neal Creque and Ed Kelly.  He lives in Oakland with his vocalist/trombonist wife Becca, his son Kai, daughter Stella, and a menagerie of cats and dogs.