Miguel Kertsman – composer-in-residence

„Composer and musician Miguel Kertsman lets us hear music rooted in European classical traditions and Brazilian folklore… An unbelievable Journey through time and Brazil’s music history… Overall, this music remains indescribable and defies categorization.” (Rolling Stone)

Following schooling in Brazil and the United States, Miguel Kertsman attended Berklee College of Music in Boston graduating in record time with honors in 1986 in Music, Production and Engineering. At Berklee he was a scholarship recipient, receiving the Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Incentive Award. Additional studies included orchestral conducting with Attilio Poto at the Boston Conservatory, and subsequently composition studies with Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School in New York. Kertsman captivates audiences internationally with prolific compositions and critically acclaimed productions spanning the boundaries of conventional music genres. Seeing music as a universal language, his versatile career includes composing Symphonic, Chamber, and Vocal Music for the Concert Stage, Theater, Jazz, and other platforms in Pop, Electronic, and music for Film and Media. His Concert Stage works have been performed or recorded at premiere venues in New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Linz, Chicago, etc. by artists such as Angelika Kirchschlager, John Williams, Dennis Russell Davies, The Ahn Trio, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, and others. His music has been released on CD globally by labels such as Sony Classical and RCA Victor Group, and published by Universal Edition among others.

Kertsman has also produced and engineered numerous international recordings across the music spectrum. Projects have included: Sony Classical’s Bruno Walter Edition, Bernstein Royal Edition, Jean Pierre-Rampal, John Williams, Angelika Kirschlager, Wolfgang Schulz, Dennis Russell Davies, Jazz guitarist Badi Assad, star DJ’s David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, and others. Kertsman has held executive and technical positions with record companies and studios, and has served as consultant on A&R (Artist and Repertoire) audio engineering, music technology, and acoustics projects with clients such as Sony, Kirkegaard Acoustics (Royal Festival Hall, London; Carnegie Hall, NY; Bavarian State Opera, Munich), Chesky Records, RCA Victor Group, and others. He holds seminars at universities such as Northwestern University, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, IES Abroad, and others. He has designed most of the new Masters of Arts Program in „Music for Film and Media“ at the Danube University in Krems where he also directs the program. As consultant, Miguel Kertsman has collaborated with institutions such as Berklee College of Music in Boston, Yale University School of Music, The Academy at Carnegie Hall, among others. Awards have included: Cannes Classical Award, Golden Note Award, Grammy Award Nomination, and others.

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