You can purchase the Charles Ives Society Critical Edition of "Shorter Works for Piano, Vol 2: STUDIES" here.

On October 20, Charles Ives' birthday, I performed his "Concord" Sonata, and "St Gaudens" (original piano version), with premieres by David Sanford and Marti Epstein at 7:30 pm, in a program titled "Other Transcendentalists."

In between pieces I chatted with Executive Director Kathleen Gagne, all from Worcester's Mechanics Hall, where Thoreau and Alcott gave impassioned (and illegal) pleas for John Brown, Emerson spoke on Transcendentalism, and Frederick Douglass prophesied on the abolitionist cause in preparation for forming the 54th regiment that is remembered in Ives's "St Gaudens."

David Sanford's brilliant new work, "Underground" is a tribute to Harriett Tubman, and Marti Epstein's magical piece "The Piano in the Palace Beautiful" is a tribute to Louisa May Alcott - Other Transcendentalists.

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And more news of Mechanics Hall's commissioning of its first portraits of Frederick Douglass and William Brown click here.

"Flux, Ripple, Flutter" by John Aylward

Sequenza 21Donald Berman is the featured artist on two of Sequenza 21’s list of best CDs of 2019.

Best Recordings of 2019

Recording of the Year: Terry Riley, Sun Rings, Kronos Quartet, Volti (Nonesuch)

PerleGeorge Perle Serenade for Piano and Orchestra

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Donald has been nominated for a GRAMMY for his work with soprano Susan Narucki on The Edge of Silence (Avie 2019)
Works for Voice and piano, cimbalom, violin, bass by György Kurtág

  Between The Keys interview, WWFM, September 27, 2016


Bargemusic, May 15,2021
Berman’s expressive recital
New York

Bargemusic, May 31, 2019
Fantasies at Dusk
New York

Spring Concerts 2018
Donald Berman Brings New Works by Elena Ruehr, John Aylward, Eric Moe, Dániel Péter Biró

Emmanuel Music Has Another Hit

Fall 2017 Press Release
Donald Berman Brings Innovative Approaches to Performance and Teaching World Premiere of Harbison / Schwartz Songs in Boston Recordings of Theofanidis and Perle

Scott Wheeler

Record Release Concert
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
June 15, 2016 at 7:00pm

Rockport Chamber Music Festival
June 9, 2016

Barge Music, May 27, 2016 New Yorker Preview

Donald Berman Wraps Season with New Recording, Concerts in New York and Rockport

Solo Recital
Works by Berio, Faure, Wheeler, Ives

January 15, 2016 at 8:00PM
Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music at Bard College
27 Garden Street
Cambrige, MA 02138


Globe Preview

American Masters - Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Featuring Donald Berman, piano
Gil Rose, conductor
Music of Samuel Barber, William Schuman, George Perle, & Charles Fussell
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 7:30pm
Peterborough Town House
Peterborough, NH

Boston Musical Intelligencer Review

BARGEMUSIC Masterworks Series
Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Friday, May 29, 2015 at 8pm
Works by Berio, Faure, Wheeler, Ives
New Yorker Preview May 31, 2015

NY Times Review
Concerto Net Review

More info

Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7pm
Tickets can be obtained online or by phone (800-838-3006).
NY Times Preview

Franz Schubert: Moments Musicaux
Scott Wheeler: Flow Chart
Bleecker Study (World Premiere)
Martin Boykan: Usurpations
Ives: Four Transciptions from Emerson
Study No. 23
March: Hail the Conquering Hero

Charles Ives Birthday Concert
Donald Berman, piano; Daniel Stepner, violin; Deborah Rentz-Moore, soprano
Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 3 pm
Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Ave
Somerville, MA

The Henschel Quartet Munich
Playing the chamber music of Christopher Theofanidis with Donald Berman, piano.
Feb. 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
New York

Beijing Modern Music Festival
Asian premieres of works by John Harbison, Scott Wheeler, Yu-Hui Chang, Alexander Tcherepnin, and commissioned composers from Beijing. With Dinosaur Annex. May 22, 2012

Pierrot Lunaire
Centennial performance with soprano Susan Narucki, Joanna, Kurkowicz, vln, Emmanuel Feldman, vcl, Sarah Brady, fl, and Diane Heffner, cl. April 5, 2012, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University
The Pierrot Project
"Sensitive, Totally Expert Pierrot at Tufts", The Boston Musical Intelligencer,
April 7, 2012

From the Lower East Side to Carnegie Hall
Boston Jewish Music Festival
See Boston Globe Feature Article
Music by Ernst Bloch, Yehudi Wyner, David Schoenfield, and Jonathan Leshnoff.  Jennifer Elowitch and Gabriela Diaz, violins; Mary Ruth Ray, viola, Joshua Gordon, cello; Michael Norsworthy, clarinet.
March 7, 2012, Killian Hall at MIT, 7:30 pm

Chamber Music with Violist Gilad Karni
Nassau, Bahamas, and Newport, RI,
February, 2012
See the review from the Bahamas Weekly


Fanfare's Classical Recording Hall of Fame, August 2017
Transfigured Schönberg, Transcendent Shostakovich - Sept. 27, 2011


Charles Ives - "Decoration Day"


Martin Boyken - Music for Piano
Donald Berman, piano
released 2014

NY Times Review

Martin Boyken
Piano Concerto by Christopher Theofanidis
with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra
released November 2011

Scott Wheeler: Wasting the Night

Wonderful songs by Scott Wheeler featuring 4 fabulous singers: Susanna Phillips, Krista River, Joseph Kaiser, and William Sharpe

“Accompanying at the piano throughout [on Scott Wheeler’s CD of songs] is Donald Berman in one marvelously subtle performance after another, gracefully reciprocating the contrasting styles of the four singers while responding to the emotional ebb and flow of the material with perfectly pitched nuance and knowingness.” - Classical Review

Wheeler's music is imaginative, varied, pungent, lyrical...
Donald Berman is the constant pianist. He is immensely experienced in this kind of repertoire, and is undaunted by the difficulty of much of the music.
- Musicweb International

Su Lian Tan

Music by Su Lian Tan

Featuring U-Don Rock and Jamaica’s Songs

Jamaica Kincaid & John Elder, Readers
Brenda Patterson, Mezzo-soprano
Szilvia Schranz, Soprano
David Bowlin, Violin
Darrett Adkins, Cello
Margo Garrett & Donald Berman, Piano

Su Lian Tan

Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the
American Academy in Rome

(Bridge Records) November 2008

This FOUR-CD SET of music by Rome Prize-winning
composers from 1920 to 2000 offers a compelling
glimpse of the history of American music, with
American masters side by side with younger
innovators and fresh discoveries from the past.

Fanfare has named "Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the American Academy in Rome" on its 2009 "Want List".

"Americans in Rome," a BBC Magazine North American CD of the month
Gramophone Review, March 2009
Fanfare, May/June 2009
Newmusic Box Review

"Donald Berman Shakes Off Some Roman Dust"
In 1997, the American pianist Donald Berman forced open three old file cabinets in a musty attic above the Janiculum, the highest hill within walled Rome, and found enough years of work for each of his 10 fingers...Berman is a terrific pianist... In short, an impressive resurrection.
San Francisco Classical Voice (June 2009)

"I cannot think of another set of recordings that so deftly and thoughtfully attempts an overview of the evolution of American art music, in all of its range and great energy."
Americans in Rome

WOSU-FM interview

The four-CD set, Americans in Rome, attempts an overview of the evolution of American art music, in all of its range and great energy, with music from the American Academy in Rome from 1929 and continuing to nearly the present. With nearly five hours of material, the listener is tempted to answer the very question of what defines American music. It may ultimately be unanswerable, but it is an exhilarating journey nevertheless.

-Fanfare Magazine, November 09

The Light That is Felt: Songs by Charles Ives
Susan Narucki, Soprano
Donald Berman, Piano
(New World Records) October 2008

27 songs by Charles Ives representing a wide range
of his compositions. Each song, in its own way,
evokes memory through stories and characters
drawn from Ive's life. Susan Narucki and I
have each had a lifelong involvement with the
music of Ives and together are developing an
evening-length performance piece based on this CD.

An American Voice, CD Reviews, Nov. 19, 2010

BBC Magazine, February 09, Choice of the Month

The New Yorker's  Russell Platt on the best classical CD's of late includes "The Light That is Felt: Songs of Charles Ives".

The New York Times Review, January 16, 2009.

Diverdi, February 09

Wire, February 09

"There's probably no finer introduction to Ives's songs, or indeed to his output as a whole."

- Andy Hamilton, "Wire" February 2009

"From the first line of Songs my Mother Taught Me, I am captivated by this New World release"

- James North, FANFARE March 2009

Ives Songs
View Archived Performances, Reviews, Programs, and Audio Clips here