Boris Berman

Biography

Born: April 3, 1948; Moscow, Russia  
Russian by birth, later American by choice, Boris Berman has achieved an important place among contemporary pianists in both the music of his native country and the works of other twentieth-century composers. Showing a consistent concern for balancing intellectual inquiry and temperament in his playing, he has performed worldwide, appearing in more than 30 countries covering six continents. In addition, Berman has proven himself an admirable Read more teacher, holding important positions in Israel and the United States. He has also been active as an organizer of numerous contemporary music series.

Berman's training took place at the Moscow Conservatory. After studies with Lev Oborin, he graduated with honors in both piano and harpsichord. He began almost immediately to perform throughout the Soviet Union, both as a solo recitalist and as a soloist with symphonies, including the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. During this time he performed the Russian premieres of works by such composers as Berio, Ligeti, Stockhausen, and American iconoclast John Cage, and the world premieres of Alfred Schnittke's Serenade and Edison Denisov's Ode.

In 1973, Berman elected to emigrate to Israel, where he quickly became a central figure in that country's musical life. He joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University and remained there for six years, winning respect as an outstanding pedagogue. In 1979, Berman moved to the United States and served on the faculties of several schools (among them, Indiana, Boston, and Brandeis) before heading the piano department at Yale University (1984 - 1997). During that time, he directed the Yale Music Spectrum concerts. In 1995, he presided over the inauguration of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong, a joint effort between Yale University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Berman has received invitations from the world's most prestigious orchestras, performing with such ensembles as the Philharmonia of London, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. In addition to appearances on many well-established recital series, Berman has been a frequent guest at music festivals in Bergen, Waterloo, Ravinia, Marlboro, and the Israel Festival.

Certainly, Berman's position among his colleagues and with the public has been enhanced by the numerous recording he has made, beginning with his sizeable contribution to Chandos Records' complete piano works of Prokofiev. Berman has also recorded a two-CD collection of the piano works of Scriabin for Music & Arts and a recital of Shostakovich piano works, the latter a winner of the 1990 Edison Classic Award in Holland. Berman's recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by Neeme Järvi, was named CD of the Month by CD Review, an auspicious beginning to Chandos Record's Prokofiev project. In addition to these recordings are discs of piano music by Stravinsky and Schnittke and, for Naxos, two CDs devoted to the piano music of John Cage. Read less
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  • 1.
    Neeme Jarvi - Highlights From A Remarkable 30 Year Recording Career
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24144 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johan Halvorsen,  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Melina Madozzi,  Linda Finnie,  Felicity Lott,  Suzanne Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
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    Prokofiev: The Piano Concertos / Berman, Gutierrez, Jarvi, Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10522 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Horacio Gutierrez
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Of Beauty & Light - The Music Of Philip Glass
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504040 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  John Adams,  Charles Wuorinen,  Hans Werner Henze  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Gunn,  Adele Anthony,  Peter Sheppard Skaerved,  Aaron Shorr  ... 
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa,  Marin Alsop,  Tamás Benedek,  Hannu Lintu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Group for Contemporary Music  ... 
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    The Silence Of Being - The Music Of Arvo Pärt
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506015 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  John Adams,  Jorgen Plaetner  ... 
    Performer:  Jurgen Petrenko,  Laura Mikkola,  Maria Kliegel,  Elsbeth Moser  ... 
    Conductor:  Noel Edison,  Tamás Benedek,  Hannu Lintu,  Marin Alsop  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers,  Elora Festival Orchestra,  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Brahms, Schumann: Works For Cello And Piano / Clive Greensmith, Boris Berman
    Label: Biddulph   Catalog: 80226 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Clive Greensmith
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    Sonic Rebellion - Alternative Classical Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570760 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  John Adams,  Jorgen Plaetner  ... 
    Performer:  Laura Mikkola,  Elsbeth Moser,  Maria Kliegel,  Kathrin Rabus  ... 
    Conductor:  Tamás Benedek,  Hannu Lintu,  Marin Alsop,  Fuat Kent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas, Etc / Mark Lubotsky, Boris Berman
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 79136 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Mark Lubotsky
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    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 38616 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Boris Berman
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    Berio: Sequenzas I - XIV
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557661 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luciano Berio
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Erica Goodman,  Tony Arnold,  Boris Berman  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Shostakovich
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552129 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Ekaterina Saranceva,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Antoni Wit,  Ladislav Slovák,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet,  Stockholm Arts Piano Trio  ... 
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    Dmitry Shostakovich - A Portrait
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558188 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Peter Mikulas,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Julius Drake,  Annette Bartholdy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák,  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet  ... 
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    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Stravinsky, Shostakovich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532002 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Homero Francesch,  Paul Hudson,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Bach Festival Choir,  English Bach Festival Percussion Ensemble  ... 
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    Discover - Music Of The 20th Century
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558168-69 Release Date: 11/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Toru Takemitsu,  Harrison Birtwistle,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Aitken,  Zofia Kilanowisz,  Boris Berman,  Roger Heaton  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Robinson,  Elgar Howarth,  Antoni Wit,  Marin Alsop  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Story Of American Classical Music / Scherer, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558164-65 Release Date: 06/21/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adams,  Philip Glass,  George Rochberg,  Elliott Carter  ... 
    Performer:  Adele Anthony,  Peter Skaerved,  Mark Wait,  Mike Eldred  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Takuo Yuasa,  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Kenneth Schermerhorn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Sinfonietta Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra,  Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Ragtimes By The King Of Ragtime Writers - Joplin / Berman
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 70283 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Joplin
    Performer:  Boris Berman
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    Shostakovich, Schnittke: Piano Quintets / Berman, Vermeer
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554830 Release Date: 10/22/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Boris Berman,  Shmuel Ashkenasi,  Mathias Tacke,  Richard Young  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vermeer String Quartet
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    The Essential Stravinsky / Järvi, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6654 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer,  Jean Piat,  Rudolf Rosen,  Günter von Kannen  ... 
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Brassus Chorale,  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus  ... 
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    American Classics - Celebrate The American Spirit
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504024 Release Date: 10/30/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  Howard Hanson,  Walter Piston,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Michele Walsh,  James Oliver Buswell,  Randolph Kelly  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fagan,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Theodore Kuchar,  Tony Rowe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Debussy For Children / Boris Berman
    Label: Ottavo   Catalog: 59970 Release Date: 07/31/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Boris Berman
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  • 20.
    American Classics -  A Sampler
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559118 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward MacDowell,  Howard Hanson,  Samuel Barber,  Walter Piston  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Prutsman,  Olga Shylayeva,  Randolph Kelly,  James Oliver Buswell  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fagan,  Kenneth Schermerhorn,  Marin Alsop,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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    American Classics - Cage: Music For Prepared Piano Vol 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559070 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage
    Performer:  Boris Berman
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    American Classics - Cage: Sonatas And Interludes / Berman
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559042 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage
    Performer:  Boris Berman
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  • 23.
    Schnittke: Piano Music / Boris Berman
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9704 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Boris Berman
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    Prokofiev: Complete Piano Sonatas / Boris Berman
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9637 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Boris Berman
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  • 25.
    Bernstein Conducts Stravinsky
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445538 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Boris Berman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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