He holds a PhD in Piano Performance from New York University, an MM in Contemporary Music Performance from Manhattan School of Music and a BM from NYU Steinhardt.
Celebrated for his “dramatic” and “assertive” playing (New York Times), Dr. McKay has performed at prestigious New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, and The Stone, as well as internationally in Italy and Australia.
He frequently performs with ensembles such as Tenth Intervention, Friends of MATA, and TAK Ensemble, and was a featured performer on Ghost Layers: TAK Ensemble Plays Miller (New Focus Recordings).
Dr. McKay has over 12 years of experience teaching piano through his private studio, and currently teaches piano, music theory, music history, and research methods at SUNY New Paltz. He has given guest lectures, masterclasses, and workshops at institutions such as the Berklee College of Music, Denison University, the Queensland Conservatorium, and the Denver School of the Arts.
Equally dedicated to studying the music of our time, he recently published his first book A Semiotic Approach to Open Notations: Ambiguity as Opportunity (Cambridge University Press). He is a contributing writer at I Care if You Listen, an award-winning multimedia hub for living music creators. In his free time, Dr. McKay enjoys playing ice hockey.