Nick DiBerardino (b. 1989) is a Rhodes Scholar reading for an M.Phil at the University of Oxford, where he is the chair and co-founder of the Oxford Laptop Orchestra. Nick’s concert music has received recognition from the Music Teachers’ National Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the New York Art Ensemble, the Definiens Project, and ASCAP, and he was named the winner of the 2013 Portland Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition. Nick concentrated in music composition at Princeton University, where he founded the Undergraduate Composers Collective, was elected early to Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Edward T. Cone Memorial Prize for excellence in music theory and composition. He has furthered his studies with the New York Youth Symphony, the European American Musical Alliance, the Brevard Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Yale’s Norfolk New Music Workshop, both the soundSCAPE and highSCORE festivals, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where his work was featured on the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Consistent with his belief in the transformative power of music, Nick also founded and directed “Back in Tune,” an initiative designed to provide needy students in Bridgeport, Connecticut with musical instruction and to collect, refurbish, and distribute used instruments on their behalf. This fall, Nick will begin a course of study at the Yale School of Music, where he will pursue an M.M. in composition. He hopes to reach out to new audiences throughout his career, working always to spread his passion for music and to harness its powerful ability to draw communities together.