KELLY YOST

Where does music come from? For Kelly Yost, the splendors of nature and a strong inner compass inspire a career that consistently shows a quiet passion for beauty and truth.

Kelly's four solo piano recordings - Piano Reflections, Quiet Colors, Roses & Solitude, and the holiday collection Still Still Still - have found their way around the world in a myriad of settings: on Sirius satellite radio and local broadcast libraries, in hospital operating rooms and birthing suites, and in classrooms where teachers use the music to calm jittery students during tests.

Piano Reflections, in particular, has resonated far and wide. Japanese filmmaker Jin Tatsumura used several selections from the collection in his "Gaia Symphony" films, and he featured Kelly - along with fellow musicians Ravi Shankar and Paul Winter and humpback whale researcher Roger Payne - in his "Gaia Symphony No. 6" film. Author Sarah Ban Breathnach encouraged her readers to experience the "profound healing power" of Piano Reflections in her bestselling book Simple Abundance.

Kelly was born in Idaho and started playing piano at age 6. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Idaho, where she studied music and philosophy, and attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she majored in piano performance.

Throughout her career as a musician and educator, Kelly has always been equally passionate about preserving the natural world. Time spent in the outdoors has long infused Kelly's musicianship with an authenticity that listeners understand the moment they hear her play. "Ultimately, my goal is to keep the music clean, clear and pure," says Kelly, "just like the mountains, streams and vistas of my home state of Idaho."



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