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Biography

Rhodes Scholar Nick DiBerardino (b. 1989) is an American composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. His compositions often depict vivid, fantastical journeys, transporting listeners to imaginary places with a distinctive sense of harmony, melodic lyricism, and intricate contrapuntal layering. He crafts his pieces around broad, often overtly dramatic narrative arcs, embracing idiosyncratic forms and always working to engage and challenge listeners with his art.

Nick's orchestral works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Spectrum Symphony of New York, and the Minnesota Orchestra. His chamber music has been read and performed by the Zora, Iris, and Brentano String Quartets, arx duo, Sandbox Percussion, the Israeli Chamber Project, the New College Choir, Thin Edge Music Collective, The Brass Project, members of the Fountain Ensemble and Horszowski Trio, Tony Arnold, Blair McMillen, Soovin Kim, and many other ensembles and artists.

Nick's music has received recognition from a diverse set of institutions, including ASCAP, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the New York Art Ensemble, the Boston New Music Initiative, PARMA Recordings, the New York Youth Symphony, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and the American Composers Forum. Other accolades include winning the Portland Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition, garnering a soundSCAPE Composition Prize, and receiving a Horizon Award from Connecticut's Westport Arts Advisory Committee, given to young artists who have achieved "measurable excellence" in their field. In 2018, Nick was chosen as one of five composition fellows for the international Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong.

As a passionate advocate for new music, Nick has spoken to listeners both at home and abroad about his art, including an appearance on BBC Radio Oxford, an interactive performance workshop with the Oxford Laptop Orchestra at London's Barbican Theatre, and interviews on public radio and television in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Minnesota, and New Mexico. He regularly gives lectures and talks to a wide range of audiences and will appear as a pre-concert lecturer at the Brooklyn Art Song Society and the Curtis Institute of Music during the 2018-2019 season. Nick also furthers his commitment to the wider new music community in his role as Media Relations and Booking Manager for the PRISM Saxophone Quartet. 

Consistent with his belief in the transformative power of music, Nick served as co-founder and director of “Back in Tune,” an initiative designed to provide underserved students in Bridgeport, Connecticut with musical instruction and to collect, refurbish, and distribute used instruments on their behalf. During the 2018-2019 season, Nick will continue to engage with others as a Community Artist Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is currently collaborating on a songwriting study and workshop with Alzheimer's patients at the Penn Memory Center, and he is also working with Curtis and Girard College to compose a new children's opera, which will gather materials from partner schools across Philadelphia in advance of its premiere in March 2019.

Nick earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University, where he founded the Undergraduate Composers Collective, was elected early to Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded the Edward T. Cone Memorial Prize for excellence in music theory and composition. At the University of Oxford, Nick obtained an M.Phil with distinction, co-founded and chaired the Oxford Laptop Orchestra, and was awarded the John Lowell Osgood Memorial Prize for composition. Nick also holds an M.M. from the Yale School of Music and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Nick has participated in seminars and festivals with the New York Youth Symphony, the European American Musical Alliance, the Brevard Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk New Music Workshop, the highSCORE festival, the soundSCAPE festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where his work was featured on the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. He has been a composer fellow at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, a composer-in-residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, a participant in the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's Young Composers Seminar, and Young Artist Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire.

A dedicated teacher, Nick worked as a teaching fellow and assistant at Yale University, the Yale School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, and four of the University of Oxford's Colleges. He spent several summers as composer-in-residence at the Luzerne Music Center, where he was on the composition and theory faculty, and he is currently the Musical Studies Lead Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator at Curtis' Young Artist Summer Program. Nick serves on the Musical Studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and maintains a private composition studio in Philadelphia.

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Nearly all my works are self-published. Please email me directly to order scores and parts at nick@nickdiberardino.com.

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