Christine Berl

(born in New York City, resident in Italy). Her early studies were in piano with Paul Berl, accompanist of Victoria de los Angeles, and in Schenkerian theory and analysis with Ernst Oster. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from Mannes College of Music in 1964, student of Nadia Reisenberg, and with a Master of Arts degree from Queens College in composition, New York City, student of Hugo Weisgall and George Perle. She has served as artistic consultant for Tirreno Records. Peter Serkin premiered her piece, "Lord of the Dance" in 1989 and played it again in 1990 at the 92nd Street Y Distinguished Artists Series (the piece was commissioned by him in 1989). She has received many important awards: Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society New York 1988 commissioned to write “Dark Summer” for Frederica von Stade; Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic San Francisco CA 1988 commissioned to write “The Violent Bear It Away” for full orchestra; Ninety-Second Street Y Distinguished Artists Series 1990, commissioned to write “Piano Sonata” for Andre Michel Schub and “Ballade” for cello and piano for Matt Haimovitz; Pierre Amoyal Lausanne1995 commissioned to write “Masmoudi” for violin and piano. Her works have been performed  throughout the US and in Italy. Some works are published by Rugginenti Editore Milan Italy.
Seleted works: “Elegy” for piano solo, Rugginenti – 1974; “Three pieces for chamber ensemble” – ASUC – 1975; “Sonata quasi una fantasia”, EDIPAN – 1986; “The Lord of the Dance” for piano, Rugginenti – 1988; “The violent bear it away” for orchestra – 1989; “Dark sumer” for mezzo-soprano, piano and string trio – 1989; “Ballade” for cello and piano

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