Donald Berman has performed to critical acclaim at major venues in the U.S., 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 its innaugural season. In 2010 Mr. Berman’s versatility was showcased by the Hartford Symphony with conductor Tito Munoz as the soloist in Christopher Theofanidis’ Piano Concerto side by side with Chopin’s La ci darem la mano Variations for piano and orchestra. He has premiered works as diverse as Su Lian Tan’s U-Don Rock, David Rakowski’s Chase, Donald Martino’s Piano Trio, Milton Babbitt’s Septet but Equal, David Lang’s Burn Notice, and Arthur Levering’s Piano concertina Catena. Other recent performances have ranged from Mozart concertos with the Columbus Symphony to recitals linking Haydn and Schubert with new music, called “thrillingly clear” (New York Times). A prizewinner of the 1991 Schubert International Competition, Mr.Berman studied with Leonard Shure, John Kirkpatrick, George Barth, and Mildred Victor.
Berman directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Tufts University, Directs the Summer Piano Institute at New England Conservatory, collaborates with musicologists on performance practice courses, teaches master classes 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.