An active orchestral musician, Kai can be seen performing with a variety of ensembles in and around Ithaca, NY, including the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. As a soloist, Kai has a keen interest in the music of the last 50 years, especially where the technique of the instrument is pushed into uncharted territory.
Kai received his Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory where he studied with Norman Bolter and Ron Barron. He recently completed his Master of Music degree at Ithaca College, where he was the trombone graduate assistant during his studies.
While at NEC, Kai was active in new music ensembles and premiered Dramatis Personae, a solo work for trombone, small ensemble, and visual media written for him. In Ithaca, his recitals have consisted of works by Berio, Cage, and Erickson.