Rhodes Scholar Nick DiBerardino (b. 1989) is an American composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. His work is strongly motivated by harmony and often invests in melodic lyricism, intricate contrapuntal textures, and idiosyncratic forms. He crafts his pieces around broad, often overtly dramatic narrative arcs, always working to engage and challenge listeners with his art. Nick's orchestral music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has sustained lasting collaborations with Curtis’ Brass Project and the percussionists of arx duo, among many other ensembles, and his music has received recognition from 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, ASCAP, 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, he was chosen as one of five composition fellows for the international Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong.
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, and Young Artist Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire. In 2018, he will participate in the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival's Young Composers Seminar and return to Avaloch with longtime collaborators from The Brass Project.
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 Philadelphia, Connecticut, and New Mexico. Consistent with his belief in the transformative power of music, Nick also 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. A committed teacher, Nick has 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 serves as the musical studies lead instructor and curriculum coordinator at Curtis' Young Artist Summer Program and is currently composer-in-residence at the Luzerne Music Center, where he is on the composition and theory faculty. Nick is a Community Artist Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music and maintains a private composition studio in Philadelphia.
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