Pianist Donald Berman is recognized as a chief exponent of new works by living composers, overlooked music by 20th century masters, and recitals that link classical and modern repertoires. His 2-volume The Unknown Ives and The Uncovered Ruggles represents the only recordings of the complete short piano works of Charles Ives and Carl Ruggles extant. Recent recordings include the 4-CD set Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the American Academy in Rome, The Light That Is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives (with Susan Narucki, soprano), and Wasting the Night: Songs of Scott Wheeler.
Recent concerts include premieres of Christopher Theofanidis’s Piano Concerto with orchestras of Belgrade, Columbus, Ohio, and Hartford, CT; and an electro-acoustic program When Brahma Sleeps presented by Le Poisson Rouge (NYC). He is the recipient of the 2010 Classical Recording Foundation’s Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award and the Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University.
Berman teaches at Tufts University, Northeastern, co-directs the New England Conservatory Summer Piano Institute, and is Treasurer of the Charles Ives Society. A prizewinner of the 1991 Schubert International Competition, Berman studied with Leonard Shure, John Kirkpatrick, George Barth, and Mildred Victor.