American pianist DONALD BERMAN is recognized as one of the chief exponents of new works by living composers, overlooked music by 20th century masters, and recitals that link classical and modern repertoires. He has established an extensive discography in the works of major American composers, including Ives, Ruggles, Kernis, Levering, Wheeler, Boykan, and many others. Mr. Berman’s acclaimed recordings of The Unknown Ives, on CRI and New World, present premieres of unpublished works and new critical editions. For ten years Mr. Berman devoted his energies to curating an exhaustive survey of neglected works by American composers sponsored by the American Academy in Rome. Both the Americans in Rome recording and his recording of Charles Ives songs with soprano Susan Narucki, The Light That Is Felt were named “CD of the Month” by BBC Music Magazine. Mr. Berman has performed to critical acclaim at major venues in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
In 2009 his electro-acoustic solo show When Brahma Sleeps, a collaboration with composer ad sound designer Mark Wingate, was premiered to critical acclaim at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. In 2010 Mr. Berman’s versatility was showcased by the Hartford Symphony with conductor Tito Munoz as the soloist in Christopher Theofanidis’ Piano Concerto. A prizewinner of the 1991 Schubert International Competition, he studied with Leonard Shure, John Kirkpatrick, George Barth, and Mildred Victor. Mr. Berman directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Tufts University, the Summer Piano Institute at New England Conservatory, collaborates with musicologists on performance practice courses, leads masterclasses as well as private students. He was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University in 2011, is Treasurer for the Charles Ives Society, and currently lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and two children. He is welcomed to his Newport Music Festival debut.