Kyle Shepherd graduated with a masters of Music degree (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch in 2018. He is one of South Africa’s leading progressive pianists, composers and band leaders.
Internationally recognised for his distinctive compositional style and performances, Shepherd made a huge impression with his debut as a film score composer for the critically-acclaimed film, “Call Me Thief”, South Africa’s official entry to the 2017 Academy Awards.
For “Call Me Thief”, Kyle was nominated for a 2017 SAFTA for Best Achievement in an Original Music Score in a Feature Film.
He was awarded the 2018 South African Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Award: Book, Creative Collection and Digital Contribution 2018, hosted by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) for his work on the same film.
His music features prominently in independent filmmaker Nadine Cloete’s documentary, “Action Kommandant”, based on the untold story of the young South African revolutionary freedom fighter, Ashley Kriel.