Kevin Bernstein is a Brooklyn based keyboardist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Chicago Reader calls his playing “Fluid, melodic”. Kevin has lended his keyboard skills to a variety of singers, bands, producers, and comedians in many different genres. Kevin has performed at venues in NY such as Irving Plaza, Bowery Ballroom, the Bell House, Brooklyn Bowl, and has toured extensively in the US. He currently freelances as a keyboardist, but plays regularly in the Alison Shearer Band, Slow Riches, Big Stuff, as well as his own solo project: K-Magic.
Hailing from Ventura, California, Kevin grew up in a musical family. He would listen to his father play everything from Chopin to Pat Metheny on the piano. He began taking lessons at 8 years old and within a few years caught the “music bug” and started to write and practice as much as he could. In 2010, he moved to NYC to study jazz at the Manhattan School of Music. Since graduating, Kevin has performed and/or recorded with many artists including: Kirby, Zusha, Amaria, Maria Lynn, Jen Sanchez, Jonah Mutono, Akinyemi, Alice Tan Ridley, Alla Ray, Brasstracks, Rothstein, Redveil, Sophia Urista, Anna Shoemaker, Too Many Zooz, Isaac Sinclair, Natalie Cressman, Jason Ewald, among others. Kevin has shared the stage with and/or recorded with several comedians including: Jamie Kilstein, John Hodgeman, Jean Grae, Janeane Garofalo, Krystyna Hutchinson, Mathew Richards, Patrick Stewart, and Michael Che.
Kevin works as the in-house keyboardist for Pinch studios and Shifted Studios, where he has had the opportunity to work with many great artists. Kevin has also recorded music for podcast themes (National Arts Club) and video games (Aperture Desk Job by Valve).
Kevin has been teaching private lessons for over a decade. He’s taught everything from jazz to classical to pop. He currently has a studio of several students at the Church Street School of Music in Manhattan. Kevin tries to make lessons as fun as possible for kids with games and is developing his own piano method book.
Under the name K-Magic, Kevin has performed many shows and released his EP “Sauce Factory” in 2019 as well as three new singles in 2021 with more to come in 2022.
Kevin also launched a Youtube short video series in 2020.