Kyra Philippi was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. She combined the Gymnasium with the Utrecht Conservatory studying viola and chamber music. Kyra continued her studies at the Yale University School of Music in New Haven, US, graduating from the master program as a Certificate Student, majoring in viola and chamber music. At Yale she worked as an assistant recording engineer and associate producer at the Fred Plaut Recording Studios, directing and assisting in numerous recording sessions and taking care of mapping and editing. Kyra was recipient of both a Fulbright Grant and a Yale University Grant.

Kyra was a violist in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony in the US, La Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, La Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and La Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria in Spain and the Nedpho/NKO and Radio Symphonie, later Radio Chamber Filharmonie in the Netherlands.

While studying at the Rietveld Academy, Kyra maintains an active career as a violist in the Netherlands, participating in recording sessions and performing in chamber music formations.