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Daniel Berman (Piano)

Born: USA

The American pianist, Daniel Berman, received his musical education at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the eminent virtuoso Robert Goldsand and earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Music with honors. Awarded a study grant from the German government through the Fulbright program, Mr. Berman continued his studies with Bernhard Ebert at the Hannover Music Conservatory in Germany, where he received the professional concert diploma in performance.

Daniel Berman’s recitals cover a very wide range of repertoire from J.S. Bach to Bolcom including not only the standard classics but also many rarely played works and virtuoso transcriptions, including his own. He is one the very few artists who has performed many of Earl Wild’s transcriptions and also premiered Earl Wild’s Etudes on Gershwin Songs in Carnegie Hall. His solo piano arrangement of the Johannes BrahmsHaydn Variations was recently published by Danber Music Publications.

Daniel Berman made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in New York on May 1, 1982, playing J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, L.v. Beethoven and some Earl Wild arrangements of Gershwin songs. The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Berman's playing seemed to echo the Germanic side of his training, especially in its unswerving steadiness of movement and earnest musical correctness.”. He has concertized extensively as recitalist and orchestral soloist in the USA and Europe to great critical acclaim. Critics praise him as a clear, technically solid, agile musician. “…Extraordinarily brilliant, a masterful performance, not just virtuosity for its own sake, but interpretations totally conceived from an aesthetic ideal distinguishes this artist - continually impressive.”

Daniel Berman has recorded for many radio stations in Germany and now records exclusively for Danacord Records in Denmark. Recordings of his frequent appearances at the Husum Rarities of the Piano festival in Germany have appeared on six CD’s issued on the Danacord label. In 1997, an entire CD was released devoted to “Virtuoso Piano Rarities”, a live recording from the Husum festival featuring selections from two recitals containing works of Gershwin, J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Infante, Medtner, and Franz Liszt.

Source: Daniel Berman Website (Photos 01-05 by Lee Ann Close); New York Times Website (May 9, 1982)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2011)

Daniel Berman: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

Daniel Berman - Pianist (Official Website) [English/German]

Music: Debuts in Review; Daniel Berman, Pianist, Plays Bach to Earl Wild (NY Times)

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