Berman Avi, composer
Avi Berman, composer, was born in Israel. He began his career as a composer at the age of eight by composing short pieces which he performed himself in concerts at the conservatory. He studied at the Jerusalem Academy High School of Music and Dance and from 1984 studied composition with Professor Andre Hajdu. After his military service Berman began his academic studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (B.A.) and continued studying composition at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (Artist Diploma) and at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, U.S.A. (M.A. and doctoral studies). Berman belongs to the modernistic composition style, which developed the ideas of the Second Viennese School. Yet many of his works reflect influences from various other styles, including non-Western music, Jewish and cantorial music, and the heterophonic composition technique. His works are widely performed, especially across Europe; he has to composed for ensembles, festivals and various musical events in Europe, in Israel and in the USA. His works were performed by the following musicians and ensembles: the HDK Orchestra, Berlin (Symphony in One Movement), the International Chamber Music Festival, Julita, Sweden (Views and Points of View for Violin and Piano), Meitar Ensemble and Bracha Kol (Abschied, after texts by Rilke, for mezzo-soprano and six instruments) and others. Berman is also involved with creating works combining different art forms. Among these works are: Mavet- A work for dance, two Swedish reciters and three instruments (1995), which was performed with various choreographies in Europe and in Israel and which received several different artistic interpretations, Las Cartas Que No Llegaron- for singer/actress and pianist, after texts by the Jewish Uruguayan author Mauricio Rosencof, in cooperation with Sabrina Lastman, commissioned by the Jerusalem Interdisciplinary Arena, Spring 70 Herz- a musical installation in an underground space for computer and seven loudspeakers, created together with his students for the Musrara Mix Festival (2011), Wood Chips- for cellist, reciter and five loudspeakers (in cooperation with the Musrara Art School), after texts by Yoram Kaniuk (from Wooden Horse), commissioned by the Loving Art Festival, Tel Aviv (2011) and other works. Avi Berman teaches composition in the new music department of the Musrara Arts School where he serves as a senior lecturer.