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World-renowned fiddle sensation and Oklahoma Musical Ambassador, Kyle Dillingham, has performed his magic in over 29 countries, which has electrified and energized audiences around the world. He picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry. Though he had an attractive offer to continue in Nashville, Kyle always believed that his musical talents could serve Oklahoma best by staying in Oklahoma.
He was a featured performer for the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, Singapore’s National Day Celebration, and he was televised throughout all of China. A frequent visitor to Washington D.C, he has performed for the Japanese, Thai, Romanian, and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors, to name a few.
Kyle has performed for the launching of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Centre for Global Competency where he took the stage with National Geographic Journalist, Lisa Ling. He was also featured on the Memorial Thank You Concert at the Ford Center
in OKC along with Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb and Toby Keith. Kyle received a standing ovation from the sold out Ford Center that night. He has also performed with such greats as Roy Clarke and Hank Thompson.
Kyle was sponsored by the U.S. government to celebrate Oklahoma’s Centennial in Japan and Thailand. In 2009, Kyle traveled back to Thailand where he starred in the musical, “Phra Lor.” The Bangkok Post wrote, “Dillingham can bewitch and conjure a range of emotions from his violin… The music becomes the most intriguing and seductive aspect of this production.”
Honored by Governor Brad Henry, Kyle was a recipient of the 2009 Governor's Arts Award, acknowledging his life's work as a violinist, vocalist, musical ambassador for the state of Oklahoma and for his gift to connect with people throughout the world.
Kyle’s tribute to Tudor England, “The Mary Rose”, officially launched an initiative to revive Symphonic Music throughout the United States and the World through the creation and performance of exciting new orchestral repertoire. Prince Charles sent two delegates to Oklahoma for the premier and Gov. Henry proclaimed it Mary Rose Day. “The Mary Rose Documentary”, which showcases the performance, premiered on Oklahoma’s OETA, March 2011.
Kyle is one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40; an elite list of selected young Oklahoma’s making a difference in our state. Kyle is also one of OKC Biz Magazine’s top 40 under 40. As a Creativity Ambassador, he took the stage with other Oklahoma notables, such as Jimmy Webb, Leona Mitchell and Hanson, as a part
of the Creativity World Forum in November 2010. He was also presented that evening with a medal of honor by Governor Henry for his outstanding contribution in representing Oklahoma with his music.
President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate, Glenn Coffee, appointed Kyle as a member of the Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts Board of Trustees. Kyle has also been hired as “Ambassador in Residence” for the University of Central Oklahoma to use his “musical diplomacy” to help
develop and strengthen new overseas relationships for the university.
Kyle’s band, Horseshoe Road, is the winner of the 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards in the category of
Oklahoma’s premier music festival, OK Mozart, featured Kyle’s world premier performance, “Wiley Post”, in their 2011 lineup, which garnered a rousing long-standing ovation. The Tulsa World raved, “The best classical music event of 2011. “Epic” is also what they described of Kyle’s performance of “The Life Symphony” as part of the festival’s 2012 Grand Finale, which also featured Grammy-winner, Esperanza Spalding.
“Ken Burns and I travel all over the United States. After hearing your performance, we turned to each other and agreed that we had witnessed something amazing,” said Paula Kerger, President of PBS, of Kyle's performance.