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               Donald Berman

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Donald Berman has been on the frontlines of new music scholarship, performance and recording for over 30 years. A pianist and scholar of exceptional gifts, he has been a Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, guest lecturer on minimalism at Northeastern University, Director of New England Conservatory's Summer Piano Institute, Advisor to the Boston Jewish Music Festival, and Vice-president/Treasurer of the Charles Ives Society. Performance highlights in recent years have focused primarily on solo and chamber music repertoire, combining familiar works by such composers as Scarlatti, Fauré, Chopin, Copland, Bloch, Schubert, Poulenc, Rieger, Kagel and Schoenberg with premieres and seldom performed works by Stucky, Wyner, Chang, Theofanidis, Saariaho, McDonald, Boulez, Cage, Schoenfield, Harbison, Zare, Lieberson, Lerdahl and many others. As General Editor of the 3-volume Charles E. Ives: Shorter Works for Piano, Mr. Berman has collaborated with two different publishers to issue a new edition of these important works. The first volume - Piano Marches - was issued in 2015 by Peermusic. As referenced above, Volume 2 is also published by Peermusic (2016), and Volume 3 by AMP/Schirmer (2017). From 1998-2008 Mr. Berman curated an immense project which ultimately resulted in a highly praised series of four concerts of unknown and under-appreciated American music at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and a subsequent 4-CD set, Americans in Rome (BRIDGE 9271). Aside from the Wheeler and Theofanidis recordings, Mr. Berman's most recent CD, of piano works by Martin Boykan (BRIDGE 9434), was called a "wonderful recording" by the New York Times, and was included on the Boston Globe's "Best of Boston" list. Another recent project is a recording of George Perle's Serenade for Piano & Orchestra with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, for release on BMOP Sound. Mr. Berman's other recordings can be found on Naxos, ARSIS Audio, Bridge, New World, CRI, Koch, Centaur, Newport Classics, Accurate and Capstone Records.

For 20 years Mr. Berman has been on the faculty of Tufts University, and in 2015 also joined the Longy School of Music of Bard College as Artist Teacher. He is based in Cambridge, MA, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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